Chapter 2

Investing in the Essential Tools

In This Chapter

arrow Gathering the cookware you really need

arrow Uncovering pots and pans

arrow Getting the bakeware basics

arrow Finding out how small appliances can be a big help

arrow Discovering other kitchen gadgets

Owning kitchen equipment is like having a car. When you first get your driver’s license, a dented 10-year-old Honda Civic is nirvana. But as you become a more experienced driver, you start dreaming of something better, maybe a Lexus. When you enter the wonderful world of cooking, you can do fine with just a few basic tools — the ride may not be as luxurious, but you’ll get to the prom on time. You can always upgrade later.

This chapter is all about the kitchen equipment you really need and how to use it correctly. Learning how to use kitchen equipment properly is time well spent.

If you’re just getting started or are on a tight budget, we suggest some essential tools. As you become more proficient, you may want to expand your repertoire — and, for ...

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