This is not a cookbook for everyone. If you follow a recipe like a religion and expect consistency, you may want to try a different book. But if you are the type of person that oozes with inspiration upon entering an art supply store, this is the culinary resource you’ve been looking for.
Got this book on a whim — mostly because I liked the title! Wow, am I glad I did! For anyone who has cooked strictly from recipes and would like to be more creative OR for anyone who wants more sophisticated results when searching for a recipe to match ingredients in the fridge OR for someone who just likes food writing. This is an unbelievably entertaining and useful book! Nearly 350 pages of good ideas and pithy comments — I don’t know how Ms. Segnit did it, but it’s terrific all the way through! Pamela Weaver
There are two types of gadget collectors. Some follow the Alton Brown school of kitchen gadgets that mock single use tools. Then there are others that embrace objects that do a single task, but do it with style.
Should your Juicy Salif mash potatoes and hull strawberries? Or is it ok for it to sit on your counter looking pretty; waiting for the occasional juicing? Casabella subscribes to this school of thought. They’ve got an assortment of fabulous and specialized gadgets.
Casabella Apple Corer
This bright green apple corer will help you make fast progress through a bushel of apples as you make a pie and quarts of apple butter.
There was a time when we’d hang out by the toaster oven, twisting the cord of a phone that hung on the kitchen wall. We’d stick our fingers in holes an slide the dial as we mimicked Lily Tomlin’s “one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy’s, …”
This phone can bring you back to those days. However, they’ve replaced the dial with convenient push buttons to make your ringy dingy’s just a wee bit less tactile. It’ll still look great on the kitchen wall.
The Crosley 302 Phone returns to the wall in this Henry Dreyfuss tribute. Dreyfuss, considered a brilliant industrial designer, worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories designing telephones that were sensitive to consumers’ desire to suit a variety of home environments. Well known for the 302 style Desk Phone, he later shifted his design efforts to include this wall unit allowing consumers to walk with the phone while cradling it on their shoulder. This unified and balanced form replaced the awkward and ungainly shapes of earlier models. Would you believe Dreyfuss actually used measurements from over 2000 faces to determine the distance between the average mouth and ear? The Crosley 302 Wall Phone features the nostalgic rotary dial but actually functions with push button technology. No more waiting for that rotary dial to make its excruciating slow rotation.
Most people know Porsche for their cars. But did you know they also design products for various companies? These products are loved for attention to detail and revolutionary shapes and ergonomics. This knife is a good example of creating a knife that is exceptionally sharp and comfortable. It also has a distinct Porsche look.
Cutting with a Chroma Type 301 knife is like driving a Porsche, and for good reason. Designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche (the designer of the Porsche 911) with input from renowned Austrian chef Jörg Wörther, Chroma Type 301 cutlery excels in both performance and looks. Sleek and sexy, each knife looks like one seamless piece, but the blade and handle are actually different types of steel. The blade is crafted of superfine Japanese 301 steel and hand-sharpened into an acutely sharp angle for precision cutting. The handle is made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, triangular in profile and flat-topped for leverage, a totally unique and ergonomic design. Announcing the transition spot between handle and blade is a metal “pearl” that lets the fingers know their position, in place of a bolster. The comfort and control, not to mention the spectacular visual appeal, of a Chroma Type 301 knife have made ardent converts of many chefs worldwide.
If you like the type 301, you’ll also be tempted to get the other knives in this set.
This Chroma Type 301 paring knife features a sharply pointed 3-1/4-inch blade, ideal for peeling fruit, sculpting veggie garnishes, and removing blemishes from potatoes, pears, and avocadoes. Weighty for its size and well-balanced, this knife comes in handy for all sorts of kitchen uses, and will bring you years of pleasure.
Carving fork and knife
The complete knife set
Get the most popular knifes in one package and save some money at the same time. You get 7 knives plus the block. Amazon currently has this at 35% off.
Here’s a short and noisy video that shows you how thin these knives can cut a tomato.
I worked at McDonalds like every other pimply teenager. At night we were supposed to clean the coffee pots. I say supposed to because like every other pimply teenager we liked to cut corners on things like cleanliness. Don’t even get me started on the 50 gallon iced tea thing… *shudder*.
When we did get around to cleaning the glass pots we used a bunch of ice cubes and salt. Sometimes the simplest things do the best job.
Those days are in the past. Our coffee pots are now designer lead crystal carafes. The salty ice just won’t cut it any more. Luckily Riedel has created a set of small stainless steel balls that will clean your carafe when combined with plain water.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most innovative, and Riedel’s bottle cleaner beads are a case in point. These small, smooth stainless steel balls submerge in water where they sink to the bottle’s hard-to-reach corners and bottom. When the bottle is gently agitated, the balls create fiction against the hard surfaces, knocking off unwanted residue and providing an even, streak-free cleaning. No more risking cutting hands or accidental breaks! These beads work perfectly in narrow-necked bottles, vases, or any irregularly shaped glass piece.
When not in use, they store in a handsome and convenient black plastic jar with a screw-off lid and the words “Bottle Cleaner” in crisp, white lettering. This handy item makes a great add-on gift with glassware and decanters.
This bread machine has features you won’t find in lesser bread machines. You can even use it to make meatloaf and strawberry jam. It’s got a rectangular bowl and two mixers to create large, perfectly baked loafs. It has 10 pre-programmed settings, 3 crust shades, LCD control panel and a 13-hour delay timer.