For the longest time I was a proud non-gadget guy when it came to the kitchen. I made do with four main pans, three knives and only a few things that needed plugging in. The basics.
Then, for about six months last year, I strayed off the reservation. In came a bread machine, a pasta roller and a pasta extruder. It got a little out of hand, and none of these things – except maybe the roller, I use that all the time – is truly necessary. But as He Cooks, She Cooks notes in a post referencing Rouxbe (a new one for me), there are certain things you simply must have. I nominate a good chef’s knife, cutting board, heavy sautee pan and tongs. Everything else is accessories.