Thursday, June 28, 2012
Real Chefs Don’t Use Gadgets
You won’t use them and you will actually feel bad about owning them. They are a daily reminder of the insufficiency of human enjoyments.
Here is what a person needs to cook well: two high quality pans, one big and one little, with lids; two corresponding pots; a roasting pan; a big chef’s knife and a small- to medium-sized one, like a santoku; a spatula; a big spoon; a big fork; a grater; a cutting board; and three or four other necessaries, depending on what you like to cook. For Josh Ozersky, that means a microplane grater, for getting cheese onto spaghetti. It also means a heavy reinforced spatula, for pushing down hamburgers, and a can opener, for opening cans. That’s it. You may want three or four other things. But there should be a limit. And the limit should be what you actually use.
We need to stop giving ourselves a pass on buying stuff we don’t need.