After losing count of the number of days we’ve now spent locked down at home, we began to notice a few quarantine archetypes emerging from these unusual times. There are the hungry bookworms plowing through every best-seller list, the green-thumbed plant parents growing their own apartment gardens, and then there are the bread-baking newbies just now discovering their way around an oven. If you fall into this newfound-foodie category and plan on keeping your culinary passion alive post-pandemic, you’re going to need the right tools to get cookin’ (literally). Where does one begin with building the foundation for a well-equipped kitchen? With Dominek Tubbs and Molly Yeh: two gastronomic goddesses behind successful food blogs Dom N’ The City and My Name Is Yeh.
We consulted the pair for their expert advice on the actually essential items that every home cook should own (peppered with a touch of their personal tips and tricks, too). Tubbs’ and Yeh’s resulting hit-list includes everything from spoonulas to scales and eight other tools that belong in the cabinets of any kitchen — whether you’re the most basic of beginners or a highly seasoned pro. Scroll on to take stock.
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