You can find a ton of advice on how to outfit a kitchen, but very little of it gets down to brass tacks. In this episode, we (mostly) put our food professional selves aside and define a list of essential cookware for busy home cooks. Whether you’re outfitting a new home, splitting up from a partner and need new stuff, or just want to get a new damn pot (because so much cooking), we tell you everything you need — and don’t need.
Use It or Lose It
The truth is, what’s essential for one cook may not be exactly what’s essential for the next. But there are helpful themes and through lines.
This week’s episode will help you take stock of what you’ve got and determine if there’s something essential missing from your cookware collection. And we promise that we put all of our food professional aspirations and indulgences aside. (One day, we can do an episode on those extra tools we love too!)
We cut through the hoopla so that you can lose the pieces you don’t need and stock up on all the ones you’ll use over and over. And over.
Here are the brands and products mentioned in this week’s episode:
- Benriner Japanese mandolin
- Microplane (look at all the sizes and options – ha!)
- Epicurean cutting board
- Boos Blocks cutting boards
- Le Creuset Dutch ovens
- Great Jones cookware
- All Clad cookware
- Made In cookware
- THE Our Place pan
- Lodge cast iron cookware
- OXO box grater
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