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Kitchen Tools We Love
The Always Pan: Our Favorite Nonstick Skillet
About the Always Pan: Most of us on the team have it and have been cooking with it for a while now. We’ve concluded that it has the best nonstick coating of any pan we've ever used. (And we’ve used a lot.) The pan is billed as the same or better option than something like eight pieces of cooking equipment you probably have in your kitchen -- and is priced accordingly. Well: It’s certainly versatile, and we’re in love with the coating, which the manufacturer says is proprietary, ceramic, non-toxic, and long-lasting. (And for what it's worth, the pan, which is aluminum with a ceramic shell, is really good-looking.)
Thermapen: Our Go-To Instant-Read Thermometer
I know we talk about the Thermapen a lot, but there’s a reason for it: It’s awesome. I swear this thermometer has a brain. Take it out of the chicken, which it’s just registered at 170 degrees, and it immediately goes to room temp (I check the thermostat, and it always matches). I think about the thermometers I used to use and I laugh. Also, they’ve got a lot of cool colors, if you care about that sort of thing (points to self).
Most Things From OXO
Turns out, we use a lot of OXO products. Mark is a big fan of their coffee maker, box grater, and manual food processor (above), in particular, but we have yet to go wrong when it comes to their stuff.
Burlap & Barrel Spices
I have cooked with Ethan Frisch, founder of spice company Burlap & Barrel, and he’s serious about sourcing the world’s best spices and treating producers right. He’s also a great guy and a terrific cook. His spices are second to none.
Mr. Espresso Coffee
I have a coffee obsession: I’ve written about Oakland’s Mr. Espresso and their wood-roasted coffee before. Their beans make coffee that’s as good as anything I’ve ever tasted, and the fair trade/organic list is overwhelming. I mean, you could just read it and weep, or you could order coffee for yourself or some coffee-addicted loved one.
Odds and Ends
Some Books by Some Guy
Ok, so maybe I’m a little bit biased, but I’ve written a lot of books over the course of my career and I think they’re all pretty good. Here’s the complete collection.