Indispensable Tools and Equipment

A Better Beater Blade

A terrific, quick method for making pie pastry using a Beater Blade.

Vintage Orange Juicer and Lemon Squeezer

Vintage Orange Juicer and Lemon Squeezer

A dependable, easy-to-use citrus squeezer is a basic tool necessary in every kitchen.

Microplane Grater/Zester

This grater/zester was the first new tool I’d found in a long time that seemed to really change my cooking habits. It’s now on my list of required tools. I use it for citrus zest and for grating nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, and fresh horseradish (which you can buy at farmers’ markets here in San Francisco. […]

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Today I enjoyed the beautiful loaf of bread I baked last night, and it was glorious! My husband loved it, too, and had it for breakfast and lunch. I felt so proud and accomplished and could not believe I’d actually produced it myself. However, I realize that most of the thanks goes to you for teaching me so well the other day. Thank you!

-Laura Wilson Hill, San Francisco

About Penni

Over 30 years as a food and wine professional, writer, and editor.

Cookbook author including:
'The Tra Vigne Cookbook' for Michael Chiarello,
'The Basque Kitchen' for Gerald Hirigoyen
and 'BurgerBar' for Hubert Keller.

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