More than any other room in your home or apartment, the kitchen is the energy center of your living space. Cooking and eating are at the heart of all the activity and yet so much more happens there: homework gets done, bills get paid, schedules are arranged, important conversations happen, or a romantic candlelight dinner takes place. How can you create a kitchen that meets all your cooking needs but also provides for the pleasure of eating with your family and friends?
For “unseasoned” beginners, a well-tooled kitchen can ease the transition from “take-out” king or queen to good cook, and your kitchen equipment doesn’t have to include the latest gadgets. Start with the most essential tools and build a collection based on your personal preferences and cooking expertise. Many chefs and cooking enthusiasts agree the most essential kitchen tool is a decent knife. Prices for good to excellent knives go from a low of $25 to $80, and sets can cost from $60 to over $140. Knives come with different types of blades, from fine edged types that require sharpening, to no-maintenance and serrated types. The most expensive knives are forged from stain- and rustresistant high-carbon steel. Carbon steel is softer than stainless steel, making it easier to keep the knives sharpened. Sharp knives are better and safer than dull ones because a dull knife forces you to push harder,