Ceramic pestle and wood mortar. Roll the ball the crush herbs and spices with flair. Quite satisfying.
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.
Space can be tight in modern kitchens, so it's always nice to find a handy product that will look good sitting out on the countertop if there's no storage for it in the cupboard. Herbs and spices get the grind in the porcelain mortar, and the bamboo base can be used to crunch tough nuts; Swiss chef Philipp Beyeler has designed a traditional tool with a keen eye for the aesthetic.
Designed by Ron Gilad for Designfenzider's, this salt and pepper shaker–inspired by the mortar and pestle–sits on the line between the abstract and the functional.