Buy Nothing New October, Clever Cooks

On knives, kitchen gadgets, & bad boy Anthony Bourdain

I’ve been reading Kitchen Confidential, a reveal-it-all memoir written by bad-boy chef Anthony Bourdain. According to him, we clever cooks don’t need a 9-piece knife block:

No con foisted on the general public is so atrocious, so wrongheaded, or so widely believed as the one that tells you you need a full set of specialized cutlery in various sizes. I wish sometimes I could go through the kitchens of amateur cooks everywhere just throwing knives out from their drawers — all those medium-size ‘utility’ knives, those useless serrated things you see advertised on TV, all that hard-to-sharpen stainless-steel garbage, those ineptly designed slicers — not one of the damn things could cut a tomato. (via Kitchen Confidential)

His rant got me thinking about the number of useless, single-purpose-only kitchen gadgets available in the market. Continue reading