Sous vide, the process of vacuum-sealing food in plastic bags and immersing the bags in a temperature-controlled water bath to cook, was once the province of modernist chefs using thousand-dollar machines in high-end restaurants. In the past few years, though, sous vide cookers, which circulate water to maintain a precise temperature for evenly cooked steak, fish, vegetables, and more, have become available to home cooks at more approachable prices. And now one of our favorite at-home sous vide machines, the app-controlled, easy-to-use Anova, is 50 percent off — only $99 — on Amazon. Buy one today for the home cook in your life and you’ll already have one person crossed off your list before the Black Friday madness begins.
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