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Tyler Florence's 7 Kitchen Essentials

Tyler Florence's 7 Kitchen Essentials

Yesterday, I dropped by a Macy's Culinary Council event to see Food Network star Tyler Florence. He was kicking off the tour for his two latest books, Stirring the Pot and Dinner at My Place. He talked to a packed audience about his recent move to California, his upcoming plans in the television, wine, and restaurant industries. My favorite part of the discussion, however, was when Tyler talked kitchen essentials.

"I can cook a meal on the top of a car in a junkyard," he declared. He believes anyone can cook with seven essential kitchen tools:

  1. Skillet, for omelets and eggs
  2. Saucepan, for soups and sauces
  3. Larger pot for cooking steaks, tenderloin, and pork chops
  4. Chef's knife, for cutting meat and vegetables
  5. Paring knife, for cutting fruit and smaller items
  6. Bread knife, with serrated edges
  7. Cutting board, for all purposes

Not only were Tyler's tips helpful for those who are new to cooking, but he also demonstrated that one doesn't need to have a bunch of fancy tools to cook a fabulous meal. Are your kitchen essentials the same as Tyler's?

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 8 years
Thanks this is very useful.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I hate bread knifes. I always cut myself. I think he should show me how to use one I guess. But I'm a sucker for kitchen gadgets.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
pretty good staples to have, and i love tyler florence :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well you have to admit that it's nice to see that even if he uses more complex things, he knows that the basics are important and they are things that a lot of us already have at home, so it's not like we'll all have to go out and buy things that we can't afford to be on par!
Vegrandis Vegrandis 8 years
The one thing i can't live without in my kitchen is my wooden spoon! Also, i love my silicon spatula!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I think that's a pretty good list, but I'd add a cast-iron skillet to it. I LOVE my cast-iron. But I guess it's not essential, just really nice to have, lol.
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