Ten Things I Love: Brooke’s Vintage Collections

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

On Thursday Sara Kate showed you ten things she loves in her childhood kitchen, and she asked you to show us things you love in your own kitchen. Many of you have replied, and we’re going to show you some of our favorites! Here’s a lovely set of well-loved things from Brooke of Food Woolf. Read on to hear more about her vintage china, old-fashioned kitchen (with a secret passageway!), and her utensil collection.

Brooke writes the blog Food Woolf, which you can visit here:

• Visit Food Woolf

1. My 1920’s kitchen. As a food writer, recipe developer and food blogger I spend most of my time in this room. Though the kitchen is small, I love the little scalloped cabinets, blue and white tile counter tops and the new checkered Marmoleum flooring my husband and I had installed to echo the kitchen’s 1920’s feel. (Visit her Flickr page to see the secret milk delivery area! – Ed.)

2. My salt collection. Watching chef Nancy Silverton finish off plates at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, has taught me that no dish is finished without a sprinkle of a great finishing salt.

3. Wood utensil collection. From the simple spoon to the well crafted spatula, my wooden utensils are some of the most used (and loved!) items in my kitchen.

4. This mini mortar and pestle. Considering how much I use this item, I should probably get a bigger model, but this tiny item is compact enough to fit on my counter top–thereby getting much more use because of its proximity. Thanks to the advice of Marcella Hazan, I will never go back to using a food processor for pesto ever again.

5. The most used metal utensils in my kitchen. Tongs make serving salads and pasta a breeze. The microplaner grates cheese, nutmeg and zest. The gorgeous, light and incredibly sharp Masahiro knife (A Christmas gift from my husband) slices through everything beautifully and with ease. The fish spatula gently moves meat in a pan, giving all the meat and fish I cook the respect it deserves.

6. My husband and I drink a lot of water, so this little water purifier is a great and inexpensive choice for two renters. The vintage milk bottle is part of a larger collection (left overs from our wedding last year) that we now use to hold room temperature and chilled water. We often add lemon or cucumber to make drinking purified water more fun.

7. This space saving cooking rack from Crate and Barrel. Our kitchen is tiny and since I’m often called upon to develop recipes I need to make cooking in the kitchen as easy as possible. Thanks to this rack I don’t have to search through cabinets to find the right pan.

8. My all time favorite cooking dish–my iron skillet. Cooking in a well seasoned skillet is such a pleasure, I’ll often cook an entire meal in just this one pan.

9. My vintage china. I love Danish patterns, Buffalo China and other hearty dishes from the 30’s-50’s. It makes photographing food so much more fun when it’s in a beautiful old dish!

10. My modern and vintage cookbook collection. As a food writer, my cookbooks are markers of time, my encyclopedias of knowledge, my paper Google and my every day bibles.

Thanks, Brooke, for sharing your kitchen with us.