they immediately inspired me to get cooking. While all six of the tools are still in constant use today, it's the ladles that I find the most helpful, due to their unusual shape. Read on for the details.
Ms. Lawson's ladles have an elongated oval bowl with a gentle narrowing on one side that make it super easy to swoop around the bottom edges of a pot and scoop up the last of the goodies. The more familiar round ladle is too clunky for such maneuvers and often leaves a scoop or so of food behind. Much of the Ms. Lawson's cookware line is egg shaped, so I don't know if this extra bit of efficiency is by design or happenstance. I do know that even after two years, I still love these ladles and their companion pieces (two perforated spoons, a regular spoon and a pasta scoop.) My set came with two ladles but a recent search is showing that the set available in the States has unfortunately shrunk in size by one ladle. Still, I think it's a worthy investment, and on that note, I have not had the problems with chipping that the Amazon commentators had, even with many of my pieces getting daily use for two years. • $34.99 for a 5-piece (blue) set at Amazon. • £38.50 for a 6-piece (cream) at Bliss Home in the UK. Related: One Big Kitchen Tool We Have ... But Never Use (Image: Nigella Lawson)