The Kitchn has reviewed a few Victorinox products — including their ceramic fibrox-handled chef’s knives, their 8-inch chef’s knife, and picnic knives — and they generally come out with high ratings, especially for the price points (although not everything Victorinox sells is cheap). Their forged, carbon steel knives can run upwards of $100, but their stainless steel, plastic or fibrox-handled versions clock in around $30 for a chef’s knife.
We’ve always known ChefShop as an online resource, although it’s also a brick-and-mortar boutique in Seattle. Way back in the nineties, ChefShop founders Tim Mar and Mauny Kaseburg wanted to provide their customers with LOTS of information about the artisan products they were selling, which — at the time — most people weren’t doing.Their strategy translated well onto the web, and ChefShop.
(Image credit: The Kitchn) If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, an outdoor fireplace is a great investment for entertaining. Think s’mores, hot dog roasts, or even just cool nights spent gathered around the fire. Fire pits generally come in three main types: wood burning (the most popular and usually the least expensive), gas/propane
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) If you’re a novice gardener and you’re not yet sure of your cultivation skills, a kit can be a good way to get started. Look for all-in-one container gardens that come with planters, soil, and instructions, or shop around and ask your local garden supply store for recommendations. Here are 10
(Image credit: The Kitchn) Looking forward to a season of ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes, and more? Check out our guide to the best high and low options for specialty tools. It covers popsicle molds, ice cream machines, blenders, juicers, and cream whippers — everything you need for a sweet, cool summer. • Read the full
Even if the brand name Bialetti doesn’t ring a bell, you probably recognize the little aluminum stovetop coffee maker shown above. Included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, the ‘Moka Express’ was originally designed in 1930 by Alfonso Bialetti and it remains in production today. The Bialetti company proudly states, “You will find this little stovetop coffee maker in 90 percent of Italian homes.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We’re a month away from Memorial Day, the official start of BBQ season, and some of us might be thinking about buying a new grill. Beyond the well-worn charcoal versus gas debate, there are other considerations to take into account when shopping for an outdoor cooker — here’s a brief guide
The Kitchn tested Fuego’s Element Grill a while back and summed it up as a “really, really pretty” design with a small footprint and an “easy, straightforward” cooking surface. A similar design approach extends to the rest of Fuego’s product line, which includes a new portable grill and a modular outdoor kitchen.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) A good barstool is hard to find — often made for commercial use, barstools can lack the smaller scale and warm materials of home furniture. Here are 10 that range from inexpensive industrial metal models to painted wood to upholstered seating, at price points between $100 and $1,000. • Read the
Product: Bon Ami Cleaners Price: $3 – $4 Rating: Recommend* After we wrote a post on how to shop for green cleaners, Bon Ami sent some test products to our office to see how they stacked up against other non-toxic green cleaning brands. Recently rebranded with a lighter, more streamlined look (that still preserves the classic chick logo), the kit included the classic powder cleanser, dish soap, all-purpose cleanser, and liquid cleanser.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Having lived in city apartments for years, we’re used to small kitchens, but Jack’s ultra-tiny space might be the smallest one we’ve ever come across. With an apartment in Times Square that measures just 10×14 feet, he’s a master of small space organization, buying less but buying better. • Read the
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It’s always tricky compiling a “best of” list for coffee equipment, since tastes vary so much from person to person. There are lots of ways to make a cup of coffee in your kitchen, and the method you prefer depends on how much time you want to spend on prep and
If you’re on the hunt for cheerful retro tablecloths, tea towels, or housewarming gifts, this webshop is a good one to bookmark. House 8810 stocks 1950s-style patterns for the kitchen and dining room, as well as practical items like collapsible wire laundry baskets and fabric market totes. Also worth noting — there’s a festivities section online, where you can find unique party decor and favors. I’m a fan of the printed cotton happy birthday treat bags ($15).
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. The result is a comfortable and functional space that can be updated and personalized with colorful accessories. • Read the full post on Marketplace
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When you’re shopping for a Dutch oven, price is generally a good gauge of quality — look for a heavy pot with even thickness throughout the walls and base. Le Creuset and Staub are pricey, but they’re very durable and will last many, many years if properly cared for. Still, there
We’ve been a fan of Seattle-based Henrybuilt kitchens since Maxwell used their cabinets in his apartment renovation a few years back, so we were intrigued to learn about Viola Park, their brand new sister company in Los Angeles. Unlike Henrybuilt kitchens, which are highly customizable, the Viola Park collection is modular and more affordable. The collection also includes a series of islands, which can be purchased as part of a complete kitchen or on their own, as a piece of furniture.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) As we head into spring cleaning and organizing season, a pantry organization project might be on your to-do list. If you number among those planning to clean out the pantry and get it into working order, here are some of our favorite sources for simple, streamlined food storage. • Read the
This Philadelphia-based online store is a resource for high-quality kitchen brands that you don’t find everywhere else — products like French La Cornue electric/convection cookers, pottery by Emma Bridgewater, and Mauviel saucepans and roasters. They’re also a kitchen and bath design house that carries everything from tile to appliances to glassware.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Cabinetry usually adds up to about half of kitchen renovation expenses, so if you have a small budget, you’ve got to find ways to cut costs. Shop sales, check second-hand and salvage stores, try a demolition auction, or find ways to get a custom look from big box sources. • Read
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) According to a recent Harvard study, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase significantly in 2011 and into the next decade. Research suggests that “homeowners who deferred maintenance and improvements during the recession may soon start to spend more freely.” • Read the full post on Marketplace
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Clay cookware might seem delicate, but like cast iron, it can go from stovetop to oven to table. Unglazed clay can also be seasoned to retain flavors, and since clay is more porous than iron, it’s better at retaining moisture. • Read the full post on Marketplace
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) This rooftop kitchen has greenhouse-style windows that flood the space with light, but it’s the stripped-down, natural aesthetic that we’re interested in. While some of the elements of this kitchen are definitely on the higher end, others are obtainable for less than you’d think. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Angela Beck’s printed fabrics remind me of the bandanna-style napkins my mom had for years. They were perfect for family dinners — cheerful and able to withstand stains, they looked good even as the dye faded over time. Made in India from block-printed cotton, the Pomegranate collection includes similarly casual tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins in traditional styles.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) In cold, dreary January, a little bit of retro-style color can be a welcoming sight in the kitchen. Pull out that flame-colored Dutch oven that’s been hiding in the cupboard, or go on the hunt for some vintage or newstalgic canisters and cookware to brighten your home. • Read the full
It’s been a while since we first profiled Los Angeles store Tortoise in 2006, and the New Year seems like a good time to revisit this simple, unlcuttered Japanese import shop. Now with two locations and a newly renovated/expanded store to their name, husband and wife team Keiko and Taku Shinomoto continue to focus on long-lasting, durable products that are functional and beautiful.
Looking for a creative way to wrap your homemade gifts? San Francisco-based Studiopatró makes hand-printed tea towels, market bags, and aprons that are pretty enough to give on their own or tied around a box of cookies.Christina Weber runs the design collective, and she describes the “people behind the cloth” as “friends and collaborators who cut, print, sew, photograph, and generally lend a hand.
Italian brothers Danny and Joe Di Bruno opened shop in Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market in 1939, and their story is one of a small business finding a niche market to survive the age of megastores.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Architects Steve Schappacher and Rhea White (of SchappacherWhite) painstakingly renovated a 1904 fisherman’s cottage on Shelter Island. While their black and white kitchen benefits from custom designs and the keen eyes of two talented architects, other renovators can achieve a similar style if they know where to look. Here’s our brief
(Image credit: The Kitchn) The web has made it a lot easier for small businesses to reach bigger potential audiences — just look at the world of small-batch artisan coffee. While Starbucks might seem like they have a store on every block, people who want something different definitely have options. • Read the full post
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Here we go…covering 20 cities, this is our biggest guide yet to cheesemongers across the United States. Informed by the cheese experts at The Kitchn, tips from commenters, and a little bit of super-fun research, here are our favorite sources for all types of artisan cheeses. • Read the full post
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Recently, Consumer Reports started reviewing induction cooktops alongside electric and gas ranges, while IKEA released their first US model. Welcome to America, induction cooking. Historically, the biggest barriers to buying an induction cooktop were price and accessibility, but as this style of cooking gains momentum, more affordable cooktops are appearing. •
Usually we think of cast iron stoves as coal-black potbellied pieces, but British company Aga is sort of like the Le Creuset of cast iron stoves — they coat their ovens in colored enamel that gives them a slick and glossy surface.They sell electric and gas ranges that claim to retain heat exceptionally well. The first Aga stove — a cast-iron cooker — was patented in 1922 by Swedish inventor Nils Gustaf Dalen.
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) John is a talented architect and his wife, Jenny, is an excellent cook — it’s not surprising that they have an enviable kitchen. John’s design for open, ceiling-mounted shelving is one of the key contributors to the kitchen’s airy aesthetic. Whether or not you have the ability to work with an