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Lisa's Holiday Shopping Guide

As an executive editor of our tastings and testings team and an America’s Test Kitchen cast member, Lisa McManus knows about kitchen equipment. For years, she has dedicated herself to finding kitchen tools that are worth home cooks’ money. In this week’s guide, she shares her personal picks for the holiday season.

From great stocking stuffers, such as the ThermoWorks DOT, to the splurge-worthy Gaggia Anima Automatic Coffee Machine, each item featured here is a top performer in its category. Another Lisa-approved gift? Our newly published cookbook, The New Essentials. It contains 200 knockout recipes for both the new and the experienced cooks in your life. Let Lisa be your personal shopper this season; your family and friends will thank you.

A Modern Guide to Better Cooking

The New Essentials

$32.99 $40.00

"This is a woefully overlooked gadget that has a huge impact. After you bake a beautiful homemade pie, you'll find that the sharp edges, well-engineered angles, and comfortable offset handle on this pie server ensure you'll be able to make neat, intact, photo-worthy slices of your creation." -LM   More on this test

"This countertop convection oven won us over with its intuitive controls and excellent performance, whether we operated it using its touchscreen or via its app on our phones (iOS and Android). An interior camera lets you monitor cooking progress, and an attachable temperature probe ensures food emerges perfectly cooked, from bacon to vegetables, seafood to whole chickens, 12" pizzas to slow-cooked pulled pork. Its air-fry/dehydrate baskets work well and are sold separately." -LM   More on this test

"This simple, pared-down thermometer has just two parts: a long wire temperature probe and a simple display. You set the target temperature and push in the probe and you can monitor food temperature at a glance—without opening the oven door or grill lid. A loud alarm alerts you when the food is done. Great for low-and-slow barbecue, big roasts, and more." -LM   More on this test