Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed HimselfS

Everybody knows that guy who just graduated from college and still hasn't graduated from TV dinners. Well, they say it's better to teach a man to deep fry than to give him KFC.

Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

1. Alton Brown's Good Eats: The Early Years and Good Eats 2: The Middle Years; $22.50 each If there's any pair of cookbooks that'll make life easier for dudes trying to figure out how to make edible stuff they can stab with a fork and shovel into their mouths, it's Alton Brown's Good Eats series, which covers everything from tools to techniques to recipes. [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

2. Zojirushi Rice Cooker; $133 There's a reason basically every person in China and Japan have one, and why Roger Ebert (yes that Ebert) wrote a whole cookbook dedicated to rice cookers: They're awesome. You insert water and rock hard rice. Suddenly, you have a million of something to eat, to paraphrase the late, great Mitch Hedberg. The Japanese models are the best. [Zojirushi]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

3. Back to Basics egg-poaching toaster; $26 Unitasking gadgets are a waste of space and money, says Alton Brown. Every appliance should fulfill at least two functions: ergo, the egg-poaching toaster. And who doesn't love an Egg McMuffin wannabe whenever they feel like it? [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

4. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler; $95 George Foreman is rightly more famous for his grill these days than his boxing. Everybody knows how to use them: Plop a hunk of meat in the middle, like a metal sandwich. Heat until done. Unfortunately, his brand-name griddles are a little limited—so this 5-in-1 griddle from Cuisinart fits the bill, while allowing for potential growth of kitchen of skills, like making Waffle House-style grub one day. [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

5. ChefStack Pancake Maker; $5,000 It's an automatic pancake machine. [ChefStack]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

6. Single serving blender; $16 Is there anything better than consuming food out of the same container you made it in? No. And everybody knows how to make smoothies. Even babies. [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

7. Brooklyn Brew Shop beer making kit; $40 The people who built the pyramids subsisted on beer, according to Iain Gately's excellent Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol. I don't see how that can't apply today. While a dude might be reluctant to learn how to cook, I have the feeling he'll be more than up to making beer. [Brooklyn Brew Shop via NY Mag]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

8. Rubbermaid containers; $15 The oldest survival trick in the book: Have your mom (or grandma) cook stuff for you. These'll keep all that food from rotting. [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

9. Batter Blaster; Prices vary It's ready-made delicious pancake batter. Out of a can. And it can taste like bacon. Put another way: It's the affordable alternative to the ChefStack. [Batter Blaster]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

10. Splatter screen; $16 Nothing destroys one's will to cook like getting doused with skin-melting cooking oil. A splatter screen might keep them behind the pan. [Amazon]


Delicious Gifts for the Manchild Struggling to Feed Himself

11. Cook Zen Microwave Pot; $33 Yes, this is really a pot for a microwave. And yes, it's awesome. The way it cooks, says Serious Eats, is like "the intersection between a pressure cooker and a steamer." The only catch is that you'll want one of the $15ish cookbooks to go with it, but you're talking about (sorta) serious cooking by shoving a pot in a microwave. [Cook Zen]