Novel appliances and cookware make great gifts for the home chef

This holiday season, the latest technologies in kitchenware allow your favorite gourmets-next-door to play with toys normally allowed only to restaurant bigwigs.

The coffee connoisseur can sip up the benefits of having his or her very own in-home espresso machine. Capresso offers its Impressa line of “Automatic Coffee Centers” that brew, percolate, press, drip and steam custom lattes and coffee creations at the demand of its “home barista.” Capresso, a U.S. company founded in 1994, joined forces with Switzerland-based Jura AG to create a line of user-friendly coffee and espresso devices built of high-quality stainless steel and offering digital operation. With precision grinding and “stand by” features ready with a hot brew in seconds, Capresso’s Impressa line is an imperative for the java junkie on your list.

A new series from highly touted cookware name Le Creuset molds the unparalleled culinary advantages of stainless steel into top-of-the-line kitchen equipment. Locking three-ply stainless steel into a core of aluminum running from base to rim, this Le Creuset line of cook-ware ensures optimum heat distribution and guarantees a solid performance on any type of stovetop (gas, electric or induction). Le Creuset, an innovator in high-end kitchen-ware for more than 80 years, offers the three-ply stainless steel set in non-stick fry pans, saucepans with precisely marked measurements notched in, and versatile casserole dishes perfect for hearty family meals.

Global knives, used by chefs the world over, are premiere cutlery tools. The Japanese brand (manufactured by Yoshikin and distributed in the U.S. under Sointu) is innovatively crafted from high-carbon stainless steel, and is prized for its signature sharp blade. Global knives contain the elements chromium, molybdenum and vanadium, all of which lend to a long-lasting straight edge that cuts smoothly and consistently.