Kochfreunde.com is the culinary magazine of Oliver Wagner. Here, everything revolves around the almost most beautiful thing in the world: good food. The focus ranges from reports on exciting restaurants to recipes from his own kitchen, cookbooks and culinary gadgets.


Kochfreunde.com ist das kulinarisches Magazin von Oliver Wagner. Hier dreht sich alles rund um die beinahe schönste Sache der Welt: Gutes Essen. Dabei reicht der Fokus von Berichten über spannende Restaurants bis hin zu Rezepten aus der eigenen Küche, Kochbücher und kulinarische Gadgets.

Gifts for foodies and gourmets

What do you give people who like to eat well, enjoy cooking and generally have a soft spot for the culinary things in life? Irregularly, but in the Christmas season concentrated, I receive exactly this question from friends, acquaintances, valued readers and from the family. Of course, you can not say that across the board, but a list of current and cherished products that give me great pleasure – or would make, I can of course already compile. And, if possible, I’ve linked most products directly to an online store where you can order and give.

The spectrum ranges from a simple (but indispensable) tweezers for dressing, many great books, some spirits, to smaller and larger gadgets for the kitchen. There should be something for everyone, I think.

Fancy products and technical gadgets for the kitchen

FreuZwiebel Original
A red onion confit from the small Hamburg manufacture FreuZwiebel with beguiling sweet, sour and spicy ratio. FreuZwiebel refines almost everything you can imagine. I also find the numerous variations particularly exciting, so any burger can be spiced up with the smoke variant, the FreuZwiebel ginger immediately conjures up a slight spiciness on many dishes.Fjord trout box with three sauces from Johannes King
The coveted classic from the Sylt star chef Johannes King is also available in his online store in time for Christmas: The house-pickled fjord trout is consistently one of the most popular plates in his gourmet store in Keitum. For Christmas, the fjord trout is now available in a gift box together with three sauces. Cocktail sauce, a spicy honey mustard sauce and light raw milk crème fraîche.Mustard Pauli
Delicious, versatile products and variety on the menu, that is one side of Mustard Pauli from Hamburg. The other side is about responsibility and sustainability. During production in the small manufactory no artificial additives are used, the ingredients are mainly from controlled organic cultivation. As a gift, the individual products are suitable – or the gift bag North with a choice of two types of mustard.Polyscience The Smoking Gun
The right amount of smoke gives vegetables, meat or even fish the right kick. The Smoking Gun produces pretty straightforward cold smoke, easy to dose and ideal for flavoring. For example, with classics such as hickory and apple wood or something more experimental with spices, fine teas or coffee.Chemex
Comeback of a classic. The filter coffee is current as nue. And the Chemex is virtually the classic among manual coffee makers and has been manufactured unchanged since its invention by Peter Schlumbohm in 1941. It not only looks classy, but (with a little skill and practice) makes the perfect filter coffee.

From 16.50€ at Amazon*
  • Für wunderbar aromatischen Filterkaffee
  • Filterkaffeezubereiter und Dekantiergefäß zugleich
  • Liegt durch den wärme-isolierten Holzgriff bequem in der Hand
  • Ausgussrinne erlaubt tropfengenaues Einschenken
  • Als eines der 100 am schönsten designten Objekte im Museum of Modern Art in New York ausgestellt
The Beefer
The perfectly caramelized Maillard crust for steaks is achieved at 800 degrees top heat. The Beefer is not just a gas grill, it is, so to speak, meat lust turned into a machine and man’s (and grilling woman’s) new best friend. With me already for over two years in active use. In wind and weather.

Beefer Grillgerät von Beefer Grillgeräte Original Beefer Gasgrill aus Edelstahl mit Springlane Branding inkl. Grillrost mit passendem Griff, Gastronormschale und Grillhandschuh Edelstahl silber
  • Hochleistungs-Grill aus Edelstahl (Seiten aus emailliertem Stahl) für das perfekte Steak grillen.
  • Keramik-Gasbrenner mit 3,5 kW für Grill Temperaturen bis zu 800 Grad Celsius.
  • Stufenlos höhenverstellbarer Grillrost erreichen immer die optimale Grilltemperatur.
  • Steaks auf dem Knochen wie Ochsenkotelett, porter oder T Knochen sind kein Problem, wie Garnelen, Hummer etc.
  • Lieferumfang: 1 x Beefer Grillgerät, 1 x Grillrost, 1 x Grill Griff, 1 x Catering Schale, 1 x Grillhandschuh, 1 x Paket Streichhölzer.
Sous vide cooking, the Anova thermostat is quite suitable. Originally from a Kickstarter campaign, the small device works well with apps on iPhone and Android and is ideal for cooking smaller quantities (up to 20 liters of water) and an accuracy of up to 0.1 ° C. Unfortunately, shipping costs from the U.S. are a bit higher….Le Creuset Signature cast iron roaster
The new, large roaster from Le Creuset. Not only a piece of jewelry, but ideal for all larger roasts and stews for up to eight people. It’s large enough to roast a whole leg of lamb, yet narrow enough that there’s still enough room in the oven for the side dishes. New features include: Handy, 45 percent larger handles that distribute weight more evenly and make it easier to move from the stove to the oven and from there to the table, even if you’re wearing thick oven mitts.

From 39,95 € at Amazon*
  • Ovaler Gusseisen-Bräter mit Deckel zur Zubereitung von köstlichen Braten und Geflügel am Stück
  • Ideal zum Warmhalten und Servieren durch gleichmäßige Wärmeverteilung sowie -speicherung vom Boden bis in die Seitenwände, Energieeffizientes Garen, Schmoren und Kochen dank Fertigung aus Gusseisen, Ideal geeignet für alle Herdarten inkl. Induktion sowie den Backofen
  • Große Griffe für sicheren und komfortablen Halt beim Anheben und Tragen des Topfes auch mit Ofenhandschuhen, Kratzfeste, helle Innenemaillierung
  • Made in France, Einfaches Reinigen von Hand oder in der Spülmaschine, Emaillierter Deckel aus Gusseisen mit hitzebeständigem Edelstahlknauf
  • Lieferumfang: 1x Le Creuset Signature Gusseisen-Bräter mit Deckel, Ø 31 cm, Maße mit Griffen und Deckel: 40,4 x 25,7 x 17,9 cm, Gewicht: 5,705 kg, Farbe: creme

Culinary books and cookbooks

French cuisine
The reference work, the bible for modern French cuisine by Yannick Alléno. The “Chef of the Year 2015 in France” shows many of his dishes, kitchen techniques and especially his sauce craft. Some 25 years of professional experience come together here in 1500 photographs, 500 recipes, and grandiose thoughts on the layouts of the dishes.

Order for 36€ at Taste Twelve
  • Alléno, Yannick (Author)
The great Glander
In his first novel, “The Great Glander,” Stevan Paul explores the question of what makes food art. The result is a passionate plea for care and authenticity, a declaration of love for cooking – and great fun. Exciting and written with a lot of sensitivity, and of course a lot of culinary expertise.

Der große Glander: Roman
  • Paul, Stevan (Author)
Aalborg Jule Akvavit 2016
The 2016 edition has just been released: A Danish luxury aquavit produced annually at Christmastime in limited edition. It is bottled in unique bottles inspired by old Danish models, the shape of which changes every three years. Subsequently, the molds are destroyed, so subsequent production is no longer possible. Each bottle bears the year and is closed with a natural cork.Imperial Stout Anagram Omnipollo
My beer discovery of the year, Omnipolllo’s Anagram is an Imperial Stout that is meant to be reminiscent of a blueberry cheesecake. Creamy 12% alcohol provides enough base for an exciting flavor explosion. Strong roasted aromas meet notes of dark chocolate. Coffee and cake in one, so to speak. An absolute must for every beer lover who likes exceptional tastes in a class of their own.Moutai
Until recently, this Chinese spirit was unknown to me – and already, if you pay a little attention, you meet it more and more often. It is distilled from millet and wheat according to a very long tradition, dhe taste is powerful and spicy. Perfect as an exclusive and fancy digestif after an Asian meal. Ron Zacapa Sistema Solera 23
Ron Zacapa, the Guatamaltese rum highly appreciated in the top gastronomy, is distilled from untreated sugar cane honey, giving it an unmatched sweetness and purity. The final maturation in sherry casks gives it its exceptional character. The aroma is reminiscent of almond, caramel, cinnamon, raisins, vanilla, the taste of honey-sweet butterscotch, spicy oak and dried fruit, as well as fruit and chocolate notes.

Zacapa Centenario Solera 23 Rum | mit Geschenkverpackung | Ausgezeichneter, aromatischer Rum | gereift im Hochland Guatemalas | 40% vol | 700ml Einzelflasche |
  • LATEINAMERIKANISCHES FLAIR - Zacapa ist ein wahres Kunstwerk - bis zur Perfektion im Hochland von Quetzaltenango, Guatamala, gereift, entwickelt der Zacapa Rum seinen komplexen Geschmack und Charakter auf 2.300 Metern über dem Meer im "Haus über den Wolken"
  • AROMA PUR - Herrlich komplex mit Noten von honigsüßem Buttertoffee und würzigen Trockenfrüchten, die eine Hommage an die Komplexität seines einzigartigen Destillationsverfahrens darstellen
  • SERVIERVORSCHLAG - Zacapa verdient es mit seiner komplexen, süßen Fruchtigkeit und seinen Schokoladenoten pur oder auf Eis genossen zu werden, eignet sich aber auch hervorragend für Cocktails wie den Zacapa Old Fashioned
  • AUSGEZEICHNET - Zacapa 23, der ultimative Rum, setzt sich aus exquisiten Rums von 6 bis 23 Jahren zusammen und ist 5 Jahre in Folge als bester Rum der Welt ausgezeichnet worden
  • GESCHENKIDEE - Das ideale Geschenk für Rum-Liebhaber, Einsteiger und Enthusiasten
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