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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."