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Too Many Cooks: What's on Your Kitchen Wish List?

May 31, 2013

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.


We try not to be too high maintenance over here. When we don't have a tart pan, we hack one -- same goes for a salad spinner, a heat diffuser, and a grill brush. But there are some kitchen tools we're still pining for.

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Luckily, Food52 will soon be opening a new shop, where you'll be able to find the kitchen tools and serving dishes of your dreams. In anticipation of the launch, we're gathering inspiring images and potential products on a Pinterest board curated by our super-stylish Provisions scouts. And, to keep the conversation going, we've asked our team:

What's #1 on your kitchen wish list?

Are you dying for a stand mixer? Looking for the perfect serving platter? Or do you really just need a knife that can actually cut things? Read our staff's picks, and share yours in the comments!


RyanA kitchen table! Our new apartment has enough room for one. I'm excited about our first home-cooked New York meal after almost 5 years of dining at the coffee table.

Maddy: A cast-iron bacon press, preferably vintage and in the shape of a pig. 

KenziMore counter space. (Any counter space.) 

Christina: A fresh coat of paint. HGTV has taken over my life. 

MichaelQuarter sheet pans. We used to have some, and they're so useful.


Lindsay: A cast iron skillet, a white platter, and a gigantic wooden bowl. (What? I can have three things that are all #1 on my list, right?)

Bryce: I'm with Kenzi. I have about one square foot of counter space. I have to roll out pie dough on the coffee table. 

Kenzi: I do it on a cutting board over the sink! And then I tell myself I'm better off for having to be resourceful. 

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Sarah J: I would like a pasta roller and/or an ice cream machine (and will be accepting donations). 

Stephanie: I need a new stock pot -- my last one is not in great shape these days. And pretty tart pans. Always pretty tart pans.

Jenny: Ditto stock pot. Also I want those pretty and cool modern stemless glasses for serving sparkling drinks. And you can never have enough wooden spoons. 

Amanda Li: Cute japanese soup spoons like these.

Peter: The sous vide machine I backed on Kickstarter that was supposed to arrive last December. And this past March. And this April/May. At this rate I'm hoping it will be here before the next baby!


Brette: The only thing I took back from Philly was my knife, so, like, everything.

Jennifer: A new blender. Any suggestions?

Karl: A kitchen scale. I'm still measuring my coffee and water by volume!

Lauren: A new backsplash (Christina will help, right?) and a torch for crème brûlée. Please and thank you. 

Beatrice: A deluxe smoker! And a landlord who would let me use one on my fire escape. Or maybe I just need a patio.

Will3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters and a recipe for chocolate graham crackers.


Marian: Will, I see your Dinosaur Cookies and raise you a few Chocolate Chip Yogis. But really, I just need a good knife.

WillNinjabread men? Actually, I would really love a full set of Bodum, double-walled mugs and drinking glasses.

Amanda: A coffee grinder, because the hand grinder is difficult to use before I've had caffeine.

What kind of blender should Jennifer buy? What are we missing that's #1 on your list? Tell us in the comments -- and look to our new Provisions Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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jeaniene March 12, 2014
Oh I forgot 1 thing, a 1954 Roper gas stove or a Wedgewood Double Oven, 6 Burner. These stoves will beat any stove on the market today. Even the high end stoves like Wolf!
Simon R. March 11, 2014
A set of these for my new kitchen when it eventually arrives!
oneeyedernie June 18, 2013
Matching cutlery, a really good knife sharpener that actually works, a freezer and the space to keep it, and frozen pop molds that don't leak.
jeaniene June 6, 2013
A good knife sharpener, a wooden proofing bowl, a 3/4 cup measuring cup, an old fashioned hand crank ice cream maker, 5 quart dutch oven,cushioned floor mat for my feet,too many to mention...lololol
An appliance that can be used as fondue, hot pot, deep fat fryer, and slow cooker.
EllieA June 3, 2013
A heavy linen bread bag - big enough for boules. I had one from Italy that was wonderful, but I mistakenly burned it.
Rhonda35 June 3, 2013
We're moving to Denver and are currently looking for houses. My number one wish (well, number two since I have to put excellent school district at the top) is a gas cooktop. If I can have another "wish", it would be a deep, wide farm sink - I can't stand the divided sink I have now - my roasting pan and other large items don't fit. :-( p.s. If any Food52ers know the Denver area, I'm taking suggestions and advice! [email protected]
beejay45 June 8, 2013
On the deep sinks, approach with caution. ;) You need the depth so seldom, and unless you're just the right height, you're either going to have to put a step stool in front of the sink (for the height challenged) or have a permanent backache from bending over to reach the bottom (for the tall). It sounded like a great idea when my mom had her kitchen done, but boy has it been a pain. One of the pull out faucets does help a little, but not enough.
I have a cooktop and separate double ovens. I pine for a regular stove, gas, please, with one nice wide oven so I can make a freakin' baguette of a somewhat normal length! Heh.
Kim A. June 2, 2013
a kitchen-aid artisan food processor with all the attachments!
WifeyAndrea June 2, 2013
New "green" cookware... :)
cookinginvictoria June 1, 2013
I don't really mind my smallish kitchen, but I am coveting a dishwasher, a gas range (currently I have an electric cooktop) and a new refrigerator (mine is sixteen years old and is starting to show its age).
Kitchen B. June 1, 2013
I want a blow torch! I know I can get one in the States but how do I get it home to Nigeria? Any ideas?????
LauriL May 31, 2013
My husband found the coolest looking cruet set by Cefs Planet. I'll put a pic up on FB tomorrow but they catch the drips in a glass collar and drains and possible spills right back into the container!! No gucky oil on your hands or counter (if you have a counter! I use them multiple times a day. And oh yes, the oil comes out in a thin lovely line into your pan or on your salad so there's no extra calories accidently dumped in!!! Did I mention they look elegant? You should get them for your upcoming Provisions site!!! Seriously.
LLStone May 31, 2013
I hope you offer some sturdy, non-plastic popsicle molds. I'm tired of freezing them in Dixie cups!
AntoniaJames May 31, 2013
Oh, goodness, what I really need, which cannot be purchased/offered in "Provisions", but certainly can be coveted, is more time in my kitchen! (But for a busy self-employed person with the obligations I must meet, it's a good problem to have, I suppose . . . .) ;o)
julieannhaas June 1, 2013
I know just how you feel.
BethanyLanell May 31, 2013
Immersion blender, big food processor (e.g. cuisinart 7 cup), sharp knives (and knife lessons), serverware of all kinds
MKB May 31, 2013
I want a Wolff gas stove with 5 large burners and a built in griddle. That's not asking too much, is it?
laurenlocally May 31, 2013
Right back at ya, MKB!
unburritable May 31, 2013
@Will - I registered for those Bodum double walled glasses for my wedding. Got 12 of the big water glasses. All but 2 were broken within a month. They're SO delicate - if they tip over or you put them in the dishwasher without the most possible care, they'll break. I broke two by gripping it a little too eagerly with my left hand and hitting my wedding ring on them. Seriously.
mrslarkin May 31, 2013
If a whole new kitchen counts as one thing, then YES!
sexyLAMBCHOPx May 31, 2013
I'm with you Mrs. L, but I'll settle for an ice cream maker.
HalfPint May 31, 2013
A whole new set of cabinets. Yeah, Cha-Ching.