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For the love of cooking (and baking)

Iveta
The list author says: "I have been cooking and baking for many years, but I did not start enjoying it until I started collecting the right kitchen tools. I realized only then how important it is to have the right equipment. I also like to have beautiful things around me - it does wonders for my willingness to spend my spare time in the kitchen. At this point in my life I LOVE my kitchen. I wish there was a list of the very best equipment when I started buying mine, I would have saved money on some disappointing "mistakes". I have done my "homework" and the following items will not disappoint even the most selective cook."
Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel
Cuisinart DFP-14BCN 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel
"How was I able to cook without this handy piece of machinery?  I use my food processor daily, keep it on my counter, and it chops, slices, juliennes, etc. and makes me want to make all those gratins, stews and soups."
KitchenAid KP26M1XNP Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer - Nickel Pearl
KitchenAid KP26M1XNP Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer - Nickel Pearl
"This handsome appliance lives on my counter and I use it to knead, whip, mix, make pasta, grind meats. The motor is so powerful that it barely notices doubling of a heavy european bread dough recipe."
Vitamix 1710 Professional Series, Brushed Stainless Finish
Vitamix 1710 Professional Series, Brushed Stainless Finish
"A home made fresh smoothie or ice cream is never too far when you own one of these. It is so incredibly powerful that it seems it could blend bricks."
Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments
Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments
"For all those blend-in-the-pot soups - no hassle of transferring hot liquids into the large food processor."
KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker, Onyx Black
KitchenAid KPWB100OB Pro Line Waffle Baker, Onyx Black
"The Cadillac of waffle makers - I use mine all the time, even take it to work to treat my co-workers to freshly made waffles. Easy to use and makes huge and deep-pocketed round waffles - 2 at a time. And it has a timer and beeps when done."
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Kugelhopf Bundt Pan
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Kugelhopf Bundt Pan
"Nordicware pans are heavy duty, bake evenly without hot spots, and remain nonstick year after year of frequent use. And the shapes are so gorgeous to look at. I have 4 or 5 different shapes and love every single one of them."
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red
"This pie plate is heavy duty, bakes extremely evenly AND is gorgeous deep red color AND can go from oven to freezer to table with style."
Emile Henry Tarte Tatin Set, Black
Emile Henry Tarte Tatin Set, Black
"Absolutely the best for those tarte tatins you will whip up with ease - it includes a serving dish and the black color is very stylish."
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red
"Of all my pots, I love this one the most. The stews come out flavorful and tender thanks to the cast iron than retains heat so well and the heavy lid that traps in all those cooking juices. I have a 5.5 quarts one too, and it is great for risottos."
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
"I collect cookbooks, but all Ina Garten's cookbooks are really the only ones I use. Her recipes always come out great whereas the other ones are "hit and miss". Who has time to experiment? I want great recipes that work. Thanks, Ina."
Denby Amethyst 4-Piece Place Setting
Denby Amethyst 4-Piece Place Setting
"I have the Denby Storm (it is discontinued by now) dishes and love them. They take a lot of use with style and are extremely sturdy and beautiful. And all pieces of Denby pottery go from freezer to oven to table."
WMF Meta 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4
WMF Meta 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4
"I bought a set for 12- 30 years ago - use it daily and it still is very beautiful and timeless."
Wusthof Classic 9-Inch Cook's Knife
Wusthof Classic 9-Inch Cook's Knife
"The best knives you'll ever have and the only and last ones you'll buy."
Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
Wusthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife
"You need a good chef's knife and a small paring knife to be able to function in any kitchen."
Wusthof Classic 10-Inch Bread Knife
Wusthof Classic 10-Inch Bread Knife
"Bread knife is a must when you are cutting the wonderful baked goods you just baked."
Bosch : SHX43P15UC 24 Integra 300 Series Fully Integrated Dishwasher - Stainless Steel
Bosch : SHX43P15UC 24 Integra 300 Series Fully Integrated Dishwasher - Stainless Steel
"This dishwasher is so quiet I sometimes have to listen hard while standing right beside it to hear whether it is on or done."