There are many companies that need to sell new stuff every year, whether you need it or not, so kitchen stores are filled with ridiculous gadgets. In my opinion, the best tools are simple, efficient, easy to clean, don't break, and aren't limited to a single narrow purpose. On these pages you'll find products that have stood the test of time in my kitchen.


Crackers and Dips: More than Fifty Homemade Snacks – Cookbook Review

Crackers and Dips - Ivy Manning

There is much to be said for a good single-subject cookbook. As much as I value my collection of general cookbooks, I probably reach for the more specific tomes more than any other, because I know they will have both the recipes and inspiration I’m looking for, and more importantly, the detailed techniques I’m going …

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Hungry Ghost Moroccan Carrot Salad – Recipe

Hungry Ghost Moroccan Carrot Salad

Before we get into Ellen Kanner’s lovely book, a quick note about the James Beard awards. My book didn’t win. While it would have been great, it also would have been a pretty huge surprise as a first time author. To be a finalist was an entirely sufficient thrill. My wife, Sarina, and I had …

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GelPro Mat – Your Tired Feet Will Thank You

GelPro Anti-fatigue Mat

In professional kitchens, cooks stand on thick rubber mats that alleviate some of the discomfort of being on your feet all day. The professional mats won’t look right in your home kitchen unless you are trying for a seriously industrial look. But no matter, the GelPro mats feel even better, and they are styled to …

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You Aren’t Still Using An Old School Vegetable Peeler Are You? Y-Shaped Peelers Win.

Kuhn Rikon Peeler

Good lord, you aren’t still using one of those old-fashioned vegetable peelers where the blade is in the same line as the handle, are you? The motion and control with these Y-shaped peelers is so much more efficient, you’ll be peeling your carrots and potatoes twice as fast. I like the minimalist Kuhn Rikon peelers, but …

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

Strawberry Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

No, this isn’t a miniature cake. It is actually 6 inches in diameter, and, I don’t know, 6 inches tall and serves 8 pretty handily.

I’m a pretty lousy pastry cook. I typically don’t have the patience or skills to create perfect geometric shapes, frost things just right and so-on. So when I got the Momofuku …

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My Favorite Citrus Juicer

Citrus Juicer

I use a lot of lemon and lime juice in my cooking, so I’ve tried quite a few ways to get that juice over the years. I’ve tried wooden reamers (ugh, my hand is covered in juice!), one-piece counter models (rarely strain well), and electrics (only really worthwhile if you need to do dozens of …

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