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Eater's 2011 Gift Guide: Nathan Myhrvold's Perfect Tool

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Welcome to Eater's 2011 Gift Guide Advent Calendar, where every day friends of Eater will be bringing you holiday gift ideas — from the reasonable to the outrageous to the mindblowing must-haves. Click the graphic below to unveil today's pick, and as the holidays draw nearer check out the all the gift guides.

Here now, Modernist Cuisine creator Nathan Myhrvold:

I have always used a knife and kitchen shears to open Uni. This can be messy and it could damage the delicate Uni inside, but Martha Stewart told me about this amazing Japanese tool that pries open the Uni perfectly.

I don’t have one yet because I haven’t tracked one down, but after talking with Martha I did some research and found a version online. It’s a gift I would love to get — or give.

Why is it a great gift? Because Uni is worth the effort. Of course, not everybody loves it — one woman I know says it reminds of what you find in a baby’s diaper. But, I do love it. In my opinion everything about Uni is wonderful — the taste, the texture.

FYI: you can buy or special order good, fresh sea urchin from a good fish monger on east or west coast or for Japanese “Uni,” you can purchase it from specialty Japanese markets or food purveyors.

· Uni Opener* [@Kitchenware]
· All Nathan Myhrvold Coverage on Eater [-E-]
· All 2011 Eater Gift Guides [-E-]

* please note we are not saying this is the brand that Martha has or uses