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The Elusive Spoon

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- Amanda

I love spoons, and yet the perfect cooking spoon has eluded me. I've wanted one that doubles as a tasting and stirring spoon while cooking and a serving spoon for when I'm plating the food -- one that's small enough to maneuver around a narrow saucepan but large enough to handle stirring a pot of risotto. Stainless steel spoons tend to have handles that are too long and heads that are too round. Wooden spoons are usually thick and not precise enough for spooning a sauce over a plate. I have bought countless spoons (including, yes, that expensive Ferran Adria one in the photo). I have thrown out or given away many of them. I have been mad at my spoons!

Last week, my luck turned. At a cooking class at a Publix supermarket in Sarasota, Florida, I spotted the chef using the *perfect* spoon. It was made of stainless steel, with a short handle and a longer, more narrow head, which is good for scooping up sauce in the corner of a pan, and for tasting. Even better, it was wide enough to serve as an effective stirring tool. I raised my hand and asked about it. "Aisle 2," the chef said. Minutes later, I had my spoon, my Publix spoon, and it cost me all of $3.50. Well, more like $20, because I bought 5 of them to share with all of my food52-mates.

Do you have a favorite spoon? If so, do tell.


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