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First Kitchen: Taking Inventory

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Food52's Editorial Assistant (and college student) Brette Warshaw is curating her very own first kitchen -- and she needs your help. Today: where we stand.

Cast iron pan

We've built a lot of things together at FOOD52: two cookbooks, a Holiday iPad App, a Shop, a Hotline, a network of people, of recipes, of stories, of ideas.

And, since May, we've been building a kitchen together.

It certainly won't look like this -- that will come later. But thanks to your expertise, I've been piecing together a kitchen -- a lifestyle, really -- that will serve me in some of the most novel, the most exciting, and the most important years of my life.

Here's where we stand. What else do I need? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


On the stove:

A cast-iron pan
A Dutch oven
A 3-quart and a 4.5-quart saucepan

Casserole pans

In the oven:

A casserole pan
Baking sheets
• A cake pan and a loaf pan

Paprika-Scented Manchego Chorizo Puffs

On the table:

Forks, knives, spoons, and plates
Serving dishes

Cutting boards

On the counter:

A cutting board
Mixing bowls
A food processor

Sharp tools

In the drawer:

A chef knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife
A microplane, a mandoline, and a box grater
Measuring spoons
A whisk, a rubber spatula

Ideal Bookshelf

On the bookshelf:

• Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer 
• Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck
• How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
• The Silver Palate by Sheila Lukins and Julee Russo
• The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
• The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
• The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
• Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
• Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
• Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

Email me at [email protected] with your First Kitchen recommendations -- your favorite tools, your favorite cookware. All wisdom is appreciated.

Tags: How-To & Diy, Roundup, First Kitchen