Essential tools for cooks

My Master RecipesOne of the greatest pleasures for someone who loves to cook is browsing the aisles of a well-stocked kitchen store. The vast array of gadgets, tools, and equipment can be both eye-opening and envy-inducing. One can be mesmerized by the allure of a beautiful tool and take it home with visions of the delicious food to be made using it, only to be disappointed in its performance (or does that only happen to me?). Since everyone's experience with gadgets varies, it's always interesting to learn what the pros find to be essential equipment. Celebrated author Patricia Wells recently offered her advice to The Daily Beast on the what kitchen tools belong in every cook's kitchen.  

The list is adapted from her soon-to-debut cookbook My Master Recipes: 165 Recipes to Inspire Confidence in the Kitchen with Dozens of Variations  (watch the EYB blog for an upcoming promotion for this book). It won't come as a surprise to find that Wells likes Le Creuset cast iron pots and All Clad stainless pans, but a few of the items on her list, like a panini grill, aren't as traditional. She likes her grill for everything from vegetables to toast, to the point that she's gotten rid of her toaster.  Another item that might not be on everyone's radar is a label maker. Wells is a profligate labeler, using the device for spices, soups, stocks, and even leftovers. If that seems a bridge too far, Wells notes that a roll of tape and a Sharpie will do in a pinch. 

One tip from Wells that I found especially helpful is her suggestion to buy several sets of measuring spoons and re-organize them by size, grouping all of the tablespoon measures together and so on down the line. As she notes, "When, ever, did you need to use all of those spoons on the ring at the same time?" 


  • Jenny  on  3/1/2017 at 6:59 PM

    Next week, I will be posting a review, recipe and promotion on this title!

  • KarinaFrancis  on  3/2/2017 at 4:58 PM

    I'm heading out to buy a few bunches of measuring spoons and taking her advice!

  • hillsboroks  on  3/3/2017 at 8:08 AM

    I got rid of my rings of measuuring spoons years ago. It seemed like such a waste of time to have to wash an entire set of spoons just because you measured out a bit of vanilla with one. Now I have several sets of Progressive nesting measuring spoons. One set is magnetic and the other clicks together. Either way the sets stay together in your drawer but I find the magnetic set the easiest to use. I just love both sets because they are double-ended with the traditional rounded spoon at one end and another narrow spoon that goes into spice jars at the other. They also are balanced so that you can premeasure something and just set the spoon full of spice on your counter. I now make sure to give a set of these measuring spoons as part of my gift at any bridal shower.

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