Kitchen Basics

This blog was inspired by a brief moment of frustrated rage I had in December 2011 when I read the fifth (or maybe sixth?) holiday gift guide that recommended a set of Essential Kitchen Tools that were, I am not kidding, about 90 percent overlapping in content.

There’s a reason the Essential Kitchen Tools stories are all so similar to one another: There are certain basic, brilliant tools that decades of trial, error, and pudding-borne proof in the modern kitchen have identified as meaningfully better than the other products in their category. People who have been turned on to these tools become blazingly, evangelically obsessed with their quality, and I am unreservedly one of those people — I can talk at length about the wonders of Le Creuset, I have no idea how I lived before my first Microplane, and I have actually had a full-on fight with my boyfriend caused by him using soap on a cast-iron skillet. (I have since apologized.)

I don’t blame the people writing these stories and recommending these products. I know many of them, and I love and respect many of them. But it’s time to stop. We all agree. It is time to canonize and be done with it. It is my fond hope that this website obviates the need for the Essential Cooking Tools story to ever be written ever again.

(This website is inspired by this post on my personal blog.)

3 responses

  1. Genius list!! I had the same conversation with a girlfriend back in November – there is NO NEED to have a drawer full of crap that you never use!!! LIke a dumpling folder? What happened to your fingers? I thought about doing a post on it but then did not have time. I am glad you took the Kitchen by the horns and ran with it. I hope you keep the blog going …. could be full of wonderful tips!!

  2. I hope you’ll do some new posts for spring wedding season, so I have someplace to direct Young People wondering if they should go ahead and put a pizza stone on their bridal registry, in case they someday become people who make pizza at home.

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