We mostly agreed with their opinions; they pick, for instance, their Dutch oven as one of their most-used pans. But we don't think that a roasting pan is necessarily the place we'd invest a lot of money, as they suggest. We agree that all you really need are two good knives, but we got a little defensive on behalf of our electric food chopper, which they dismiss. We use ours all the time; it's one of the most useful little appliances in our kitchen.
Pieces like this often speak more to the kind of cook that you are; everyone has their favorite, most-used tools, which may not be universal choices for every cook. There are good pointers and tips in here, though, especially for those of you just setting up a kitchen.
And we can definitely agree with them on this pointer: never skimp on good coffee!
Take a look through the piece and then tell us - what did you agree with, what did you disagree with? What would you add? (We, for instance, would add an inexpensive oven thermometer and a note to never skimp on your flour. Buy the good stuff; it's not much more expensive.) We also have links to more information about some of their recommended picks below.
• Read the article: Kitchen essentials, and items you can pass by
Good kitchen equipment
• How To Use a Waiter's Key Corkscrew
• Kitchen Tools: Instant-Read Thermometer
• Good Product: All-Clad Petite Roti Pan
• Dutch Oven Roundup
• Holiday Gift Guide: Knives!
• Sources: Vanilla Beans in Bulk
• Good Product? Spanish Saffron from Trader Joe's
• How To Choose Good Cheap Wine from the Big Brands: Cabernet Sauvignon
• Good Product: Krups Fast Touch Coffee/Spice Grinder
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