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.


My Kitchen Tool Recommendations

Readers often ask what tools I use in my kitchen. I recently discovered kit.com, which makes it easy to curate products into easy-to-use lists. So here’s my first kit, a collection of the countertop appliances that have earned their precious square inches by being rock-solid workhorses for years.

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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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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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The Best Way to Sharpen Your Knives at Home

Chefs Choice 130 Knife Sharpener

I’m kind of a freak about sharp knifes. When I cook in other folk’s kitchens I usually find their knives are as dull as a wiffle ball bat, and I can’t figure out how they stand it.

Few things make your life in the kitchen more enjoyable than truly sharp knives. They make your work faster, …

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The Dirt Candy Cookbook – Review

The Dirt Candy Cookbook

Amanda Cohen is a bad-ass chef. I had the terrific experience of staging (interning) with her for a few days last year. You should read about that first.

Short-version: Amanda owns and runs the tiny, edgy, imaginative and incredibly cool Dirt Candy in New York’s East Village. As far as I know, she’s the only vegetarian …

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