Appetizers and Sides
While I love a good cocktail, I have generally steered clear of deep dives into the world of mixology, mostly because it feels intimidating and overwhelming. Where am I even supposed to begin?? Then a copy of Cocktail Codex, from the super-talented and knowledgeable people behind Death & Co., came across my desk. This book breaks down the world of mixed drinks into six “root recipes,” kind of like the mother sauces of French cuisine, which makes the subject matter a lot more comprehensible for non-experts like me. It‘s full of classic and modern recipes, as well as a ton of interesting boozy history Valentine‘s Day is the perfect time to bust out your bartending skills, and Cocktail Codex will definitely up your game.
Misono UX10 Chef's Knife
A deft and nimble blade, Misono's UX10 is one of the lightest-weight knives we tested. It's razor-sharp right out of the box and handled every task we threw at it with ease, dicing an onion as if it were as soft as a blob of Jell-O and making paper-thin slices of smoked salmon as if the knife were a true slicer.
Anova Precision Cooker
Sous vide cooking—cooking foods in vacuum-sealed pouches in precisely controlled water baths—is no longer the exclusive preserve of fancy restaurant kitchens. The Anova Precision Cooker is one of the best home water-bath controllers on the market, with an easy-to-use interface, Bluetooth support, rock-solid construction, a sleek look, and an affordable price tag to boot.
Shun Multi-Purpose Shears
Kershaw's Taskmaster Shears set the bar for excellent heavy-duty scissors. They're strong enough to cut out a chicken back without hesitation, they're sharp enough to snip chives as cleanly as any pair of shears could ever hope to, and they come with all the accoutrements a good pair of kitchen shears should (even if you never use half these things): bottle opener/lid lifter, flathead screwdriver head, nutcracker, jar opener, bone notcher, and more.