11 of Our Best Cooking Subscription Boxes for Food Lovers and Budding Chefs

Learning how to cook or bake can be equal parts challenging and exciting. You put in effort gathering up all the necessary ingredients, measuring, mixing and trying to get it just so. But any home chef knows that new dishes can be hit-or-miss. For those wanting to wade into home cooking nice and slowly, subscription boxes can be a great way to explore new recipes and get expert guidance.

Without the tedious tasks of making shopping lists and doing prep work, monthly cooking kits can simplify the process from start to finish and make it a stress-free, enjoyable process. With everything from exotic global dishes to 5-star desserts, your wow-worthy culinary creations are sure to impress your (or your favorite foodie's) dinner guests!

Here on the Cratejoy Marketplace, we have food boxes that cater to spice lovers and heat seekers, home gardeners, and grill masters. After careful consideration, we've come up with a list of some of the best cooking subscription boxes that can teach you your way around the kitchen or make great gift ideas for budding chefs!

1. Gusto di Roma

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Price: Starts at $69.99/month

About the Box: Packed with authentic recipes and 5-6 non-perishable sweets and savories from premium Italian brands, Gusto di Roma can help you explore the fundamentals of Mediterranean cooking. Create the ultimate charcuterie platter with everything from traditional pickles to olives, spreads and oils, then finish your culinary adventure with sweet panettone, almond biscotti, chocolate and strong coffee -- Italian-style!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 48 hours of ordering, with renewals shipping on the 4th of the month

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2. SpiceBreeze

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Price: Starts at $6.55/month

About the Box: Get big, bold flavors in a tiny package with a monthly subscription to SpiceBreeze. Offering the perfect opportunity to take an adventure into the wide world of good food, unbox an assortment of freshly ground herbs, spice mixes and simple recipes to prepare between 2-4 authentic global entrees from different countries around the globe, like Israeli shakshuka, African tomato stew, and Korean bibimbap.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the selected shipping schedule

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3. Grill Masters Club

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Price: Starts at $24.99/month

About the Box: Adding plenty of flavor to backyard barbecues and community cookouts, the Grill Masters Club is the perfect way to give your grilled recipes an instant upgrade! Each monthly box is curated by a certified BBQ pitmaster who hand-selects 4 tried-and-true grilling essentials, including flavorful rubs and blends, zesty hot sauces and marinades, and woodsmoking chips. For a little extra help, join the online community for pro tips and winning recipes.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of every month

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4. Whisk Takers

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Price: Starts at $18.95/month

About the Box: Looking for a simple and straightforward way to get some baking time with the kids or a little extra practice for yourself? With Whisk Takers, there's no grocery store trips, no planning, no prepping -- it's all about getting straight down to baking and enjoying! Each box is designed to bring a stress-free baking experience, using an easy-to-follow recipe and pre-measured ingredients to prepare a home-baked sweet treat right from home.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3-5 business days after purchasing, with renewals shipping on the 15th of each month

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5. EatTiamo - Cook Italian Food at Home

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Price: Starts at $49.00/month

About the Box: Learn to prepare authentic and delicious Italian meals with EatTiamo. This monthly subscription box delivers a meal kit that's packed with 7 full-size gourmet food items sourced from some of the best producers in the country. Complete with high-end pastas, traditional sauces, spreads and uncomplicated recipes, get introduced to the regional cuisines of Italy, while preparing a family-style meal that serves 4 people.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 15th of each month

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6. Fresh Baked Cookie Crate

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Price: Starts at $20.00/month

About the Box: Anyone who has attempted to bake the perfect batch of cookies knows that this is no easy task! So, Fresh Baked Cookie Crate set out on a mission to create a foolproof cookie kit that makes the whole process effortless. An easy way to get your monthly sugar fix, unbox all you need to whip up a batch of gourmet cookies, including pre-measured ingredients, baking tools, step-by-step guidance, and cookie-themed add-ins, just for fun!

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. during the 1st week of every month

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7. Piquant Post

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Price: Starts at $9.99/month

About the Box: It's no secret that high-quality, freshly-ground spices are essential for creating delicious meals. Piquant Post is the perfect way to nudge yourself out of your cooking comfort zone, bringing 4 spice mixes and 4 chef-developed recipe cards that will help you explore different cultural cuisines. Each flavor kit makes it easy to create globally-inspired dishes, from Vietnamese pho to Indian tandoori chicken.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. beginning on the 15th of the month

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8. Bloomin' Bin

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Price: Starts at $7.75/month

About the Box: Want to cook with only the freshest ingredients? Grow them in your own backyard with a little help from Bloomin' Bin! Delivering seasonally specific seeds and helpful tips to get you started on your own gardening journey, choose from 4 subscription options to get flower seeds, fruit & veggie seeds, or a combination of both, on their own or combined with premium gardening essentials, like tools, potting mix and plant food.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 5th-11th of every month

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