10 Classic Kitchen Tools Every Cook Should Have (But Might Not)

updated May 2, 2019
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Part of the fun in any cook’s life is the moment when you get a new tool, use it, love it, and then wonder — how did I ever live without this?! Sometimes the awesomeness of those items isn’t apparent upfront, like the budget-friendly wok that turned out to be super versatile, or the pretty little pot that you just started keeping on your stove because you used it so much.

So, with that in mind, here are 10 of our favorite must-have (but not necessarily obvious) items for the kitchen — all classic, wise and worthwhile gifts for the serious cook.

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All-Clad 3 Quart Saucier Pan, $169.95 from Amazon (Image credit: All-Clad)

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