Lisa’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

This week Lisa shares her personal picks for the holiday season.

As an executive editor of our Reviews 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. This week Lisa shares her personal picks for the holiday season including what she hopes her husband (cough, cough) might give her. From great stocking stuffers, such as our favorite travel mug, to a splurge-worthy indoor pizza oven, each item featured here is a top performer in its category.

—Carolyn Grillo, Associate Editor, ATK Reviews

"I tested this all-in-one machine and shocked myself by falling in love. It functions as a top-notch food processor and cooker, and is full of delightful design touches, such as easy-release buttons right in the handles of the workbowl so that it’s a cinch to put on and take off. The stainless-steel bowl is sturdy. All the parts go in the dishwasher. The control panel is intuitive, with more than 200 recipes built in—but it was also simple to use our own recipes. I loved the food I cooked in it, from grains, vegetables, and soups to main dishes and desserts." -LM  

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"If you know me, you know I love coffee. Grinding the beans right before brewing is one of the best ways to boost the flavor of your brew. This burr grinder is our favorite, with plenty of settings to customize your grind, hands-off operation, and a handy drawer to collect and transfer the coffee for brewing." -LM

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"I may have a half-dozen different kinds of measuring spoons at home, but I just bought myself a set of these because, frankly, no others really compare. Their accuracy is impeccable, their sturdy stainless-steel construction never bends, it’s easy to sweep across the bowl and handle with a leveling knife to measure perfectly, and their oval shape slides right into narrow spice jars."

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"Since baking more bread while working at home, I’ve come to realize that even the sharpest knives don’t work as well as a dedicated lame with a razor blade to score loaves without squashing, dragging, and deflating the dough. If you know a baker who likes to cut fancy designs into their bread, this tool is a must." -LM

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"This is an excellent pan and a comparatively inexpensive gift that will last many lifetimes. And everyone can always use another cast-iron skillet, in my opinion. Whether you’re searing steak or frying chicken, baking cornbread, roasting a chicken, —or making a giant chocolate chip cookie, this pan will do the job." -LM

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