Chefs' Choices

This year's kitchen-paraphernalia picks will keep the keen cooks on your list on the cutting edge

As our fast food nation gives way to an epicurean culture, Americans are displaying an appetite for everything from aged vinegars to the latest high-tech cooking gadgets. We went to some of the nation's premier foodies -- chefs for top restaurants from Brooklyn to Santa Barbara -- to find out what kind of food-related gifts have made their hearts beat faster. Many like nothing better than a homemade specialty lovingly prepared by a relative or friend. Even if you can't make it yourself, you can find almost-as-good-as-homemade versions of the items they suggest either online or in gourmet food stores. So, for the food lovers on your list, click on the photo below for a slide show of some tasty and trendy gift ideas from the pros:

By Amy Cortese

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