Mash-Up Americans love food. Really, really, really love food. It’s how we explore and express our identities. It’s how we bring our families and friends together. So what better way to celebrate the Holidays than with a guide from our Mash-Up Kitchen to Yours. Here’s a list of absolute must-haves!
1. Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer
Rice is the staple of many cuisines. Also, it’s so delicious and we eat it at every meal. A rice cooker makes perfect rice and needs no tending to. Arroz for all!
2. Wei Kitchen Shallot Oil & Amber Vinegar
This wonderful new company is creating artisan Vietnamese-inspired products. They’ve started with the Amber Vinegar & Shallot Oil that Vietnamese-Chinese-Jewish-American Founder Debbie grew up making at home. You know that vinegar that comes when you order bun? Who wouldn’t love to pour that on everything?
$32 for a gift set, $10 for a sample pack, weikitchen.com
3. Stainless Steal Spoon (Sudgarak) and Chopsticks
It’s just better to eat with the long handled spoon and the stainless steel chopsticks that are common in Korea (and in Korean restaurants). The weight and shape of the chopsticks is really satisfying and the spoon handle is long enough for you to get at the banchan across the table.
$5 for a set, amazon.com
4. Hot Sauce of the Month Club
Mash-Ups love chili peppers. It’s either a hot sauce of the month or bulk Sriracha.
$118 for one year, armadillopepper.com
5. Tortilla Press
Tortillas are the only thing we eat as much as rice. We love making our own at home because they have this amazing thickness and texture. Opt for one made of cast-iron, or try this wooden model — word is, this is the old school way of making tortillas. If you have a little more space in your kitchen, this could be a good one.
6. Spices and Cookbooks
You must have a stocked spice rack. We are big believers in cooking with confidence and experimenting, but it really helps to have the right spices, as well take a few tips from the masters.
Gift Box of Indian Spices, $40, spicely.com
Jaffrey played a pivotal role in making Indian cooking accessible to UK and US audiences. Her recipes are delicious, with a depth of flavor, while still being accessible. She’s also an amazing actress.
An Invitation to Indian Cooking, $13, amazon.com
Israeli-born Ottolenghi lives in London and has published some of the greatest cookbooks of the last few years. We swear by his cookbook, Jerusalem which takes you on a tour of Jewish and Arab cooking in Israel and Palestine. Plenty More is a vegetarian cookbook, inspired by seasonal vegetables and middle eastern spices, all fresh and tang.
Plenty More, $21, amazon.com