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January 2, 2010

All serious cooks have one do-or-die utensil that they simply cannot live without—be it extralong ryoribashi or a dimpled copper pot for melting butter. We canvassed professionals and amateurs alike to share their favorite everyday instruments and the stories behind why they return to these items meal after meal.

small mortar rare device

Small Mortar

Ceramic pestle and wood mortar. Roll the ball the crush herbs and spices with flair. Quite satisfying.

microplane grater

Microplane Grater

Originally a woodworking tool, this best seller grates even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into fine lacy wisps. Ideal for topping your favorite spaghetti and meatballs or a Caesar salad. It’s also wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavors to a lemon crème brulee or a basic vinaigrette.

truffle shaver

Truffle Shaver

A truffle is a terrible thing to waste. This durable stainless steel shaver has razor-sharp adjustable blades that make it easy to slice even the smallest truffle thinly and evenly. Just slide your truffle over the plate and allow the perfectly shaved slices to drop over pasta, risotto, pizzajust about everything.

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