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24 Things For The Kitchen That'll Help You Channel Your Inner Julia Child

But I'm also talking about the Meryl Streep version of Julia Child.

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1. A splurge-worthy Always Pan because the hype is real, y'all. This beauty replaces eight (!!!) kitchen gadgets, weighs only 3 pounds, comes with a steamer basket, and is nonstick. No, really. It's actually nonstick! It would be perfect for making an omelet, just like the first dish Julia ever made on television!

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Our Place

Promising review: "This is the best pan I have ever cooked with. The surface allows me to control the amount of olive oil used, the dome lid design is great for faster cooking without turning up the heat, and the pan itself is so beautiful I leave it out on my stove top as decoration. I am hoping they make a small sauté pan and a 3-qt saucepan some day." —Cheryl M.

You can also check out our review of the Instagram-famous Always pan.

Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in eight colors).

2. A handheld garlic press so you can finally stop trying to mince your fresh garlic with a knife. With a simple back-and-forth motion, you'll have perfectly minced garlic in half the time — which is great for her famous garlic mashed potato recipe that needs 30 (!!!) cloves of garlic.

reviewer photo of the rolling handheld garlic press with minced garlic in it

Promising review: "I had a two-hinge garlic press, which worked well but the garlic often got stuck and it was not easy to clean. I am pleasantly surprised by how this garlic crusher has such a simple design, yet it is so effective. As you press the garlic, the minced garlic will be collected on top of the grater and you can easily scape them off with the little knife that came with the kit. I also love the silicone peeler! It makes peeling garlic skin a lot easier. With these tools, my hands no longer stink from cropping garlic!" —CL

Get it from Amazon for $8.79+ (available in two colors).

3. An AeroGarden, an indoor herb garden where you can grow everything you need to make some Poulet Saute aux Herbes de Provence from her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

The indoor herb garden with a variety of overgrown herbs on it

With this fancy garden, you can grow your herbs up to six times faster than soil! It has a 20-W LED grow light, simple illuminated buttons for lights and cares, automatic reminders for water and plant food, *and* enough space for your herbs to grow up to 12'' tall! That's a lot of basil!

Promising review: "Got this a couple of weeks ago. I've wanted one FOREVER and was so happy, but didn't let my hopes get the best of me — I can't keep plants alive. At all. Ever. Easy set up with easy instructions and it was done and working its magic in 10 minutes. So imagine my excitement when just a few days later I had a sprout! Then another. Then another! While I thoroughly believe my morning affirmations to the little sprouts work, it's probably the awesome design and ease of use. It tells you when it needs water or nutrients (liquid, in a bottle). It's silent, except for a barely audible trickle sound every hour. You will not regret this purchase!" —Amy V.

Get it from AeroGarden for $99.95 (originally $149.95, available in three colors and four seed kits).

4. An herb stripper so you can get all the important pieces of your herbes de Provence you grew into your dish without accidentally keeping one too many bitter stems. I personally hate chopping herbs, so this is *chef's kiss* perfect.

The herb strippers in various colors
MudPotteryAndGlass / Etsy

Mud Pottery And Glass is a small business based in Mendocino, California, that specializes in unique glass and ceramic gifts. 

Promising review: "Thank you for the herb stripper. I used it to make my mother's recipe for parsley potatoes and it worked wonderfully. I will order again!" —Cynthia Huddleston

Get it from Mud Pottery And Glass on Etsy for $17.50 (available in eight colors).

5. A compact 8-in-1 spiralizer to grate, juice, spiralize, and shred all your ingredients for your *insert The French Chef Cookbook recipe*. You just learned what mise en place is and now it seems way less daunting.

Emma Lord/BuzzFeed, Amazon

BuzzFeed editor *and* zoodle-lover Emma Lord is obsessed with this gadget:

"I recently purchased this because it was my cheapest option for making zoodles, and also because my apartment is the size of a shoebox and there was no room for anything bigger. I LOVE how easy it is to swap out the caps to do other things, too — I've started grating my own cheeses and feel very fancy. But mostly I just love that it's very safe to use (it comes with a finger guard!), super easy to figure out, very compact, and even has measurements on the inside of the cup if you're ever portioning things out for a recipe."

Promising review: "LOVE THIS. I absolutely love this. So far I've used the thicker spiralizer, two of the grater things, and then the juicer. I love how easy this makes keeping everything together. And it's sharp so it actually cuts through things without you needing to work super hard to do it. The only thing I don't love is that the spiralizers are a bit hard to clean, but I guess that's with all of them? Not sure, this is the first I've owned. But, overall, I'd recommend it. :)" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three styles).

6. A pot organizer because you may not have space to hang your pots on Julia's iconic pegboard, but you still deserve to keep your kitchen neat and organized.

Reviewer photo of the organizer in a cabinet

Promising review: "There are many ways to set this up to make it work best for you. This is making it so much easier to just grab the pan I need with out digging through all the pans clanging them all together, making all kinds of noise. When I put this in the cupboard and started using it, I really liked how simple and quiet it made getting the bottom pan out. Looks good, too." —Keris

Get it from Amazon for $21.85.

7. An under-cabinet wineglass holder because while we *love* our wineglasses, they always take up SO much space. With this bad boy, you can keep them stored above while also looking like a neat piece of decor. As we know, Julia Child *loved* cooking with wine — she even added it to her recipes sometimes!

Metal wire frame holding upside wine glasses

Promising review: "I really like this wine rack! I needed a nice, space-saving solution for wineglasses that are too tall to go in my glass cabinet, and this rack fits the bill. It was simple to install and looks great. Good buy!" —Cycle Mom

Get it from Amazon for $21.93+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

8. A clip-on strainer that'll make draining the pasta for Julia Child's Spaghetti Marco Polo *so* much easier.

Reviewer photo of the green strainer attached to a pot full of water and pasta

Promising review: "Not sure why I have never bought one of these before......I have everything else!! Used for first time today to drain grease off of cooked ground beef and PERFECT!! So easy to use, clean, and store. Love it!!" —LES

Get it from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in three colors).

9. A splurge-worthy chef's knife because cooking through her French cookbooks can seem incredibly daunting (hello, 726 pages!), but having a knife that isn't *cut* out for the job will only make it worse.

The knife

BTW, it's dishwasher safe!

Promising review: "I cook a fair amount. I am not a pro, but sometimes I pretend that I am. Best knife I have ever owned. I use this knife many times every day, rarely do I use another. It is very comfortable, well balanced, versatile, and — paired with the Chef's Choice sharpener — unbelievably sharp. I am slicing meats and vegetables faster and thinner than I have ever before. LOVE THIS KNIFE." —Gheep Piddle

Get it from Amazon for $37.78 (also available in other knife styles).

The is our cheap pick for the best chef's knife!

10. And a handheld knife sharpener so you can actually give yourself (and your knife) a fighting chance against the daunting monster that is her cookbook, since chopping with a sharp knife will make it exceptionally easier (and safer!).

A reviewer photo of a knife next to sliced green peppers and the knife sharpener

Promising review: "Buying this knife sharpener has changed my life! I used to burn water, but now I'm on par with chefs like Gordon Ramsay! My knives are so sharp that I could cut off a finger and would not even notice. Paper-thin tomatoes and onions for a tuna fish sandwich? Not a problem! Thank you, KitchenIQ, my life will never be the same." —J.W.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four colors).

Check out our full review of the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip Two-Stage Knife Sharpener.

11. A set of labels so you too can label your "spoonery," "forkery," "spats," and "wooden things" just like Julia did!

Set of labels placed on clear containers
Real And Vibrant / Etsy

Real and Vibrant is a small Etsy shop based in Seattle, Washington.

You can also customize your order by letting the seller know exactly what you want on each label. 

Promising review: "These labels are amazing!! They make my pantry look so organized. I have a very small pantry so these labels help a lot! They are very well made and durable." —Maggie P.

Get it from Real and Vibrant on Etsy for $10+ (available in five sizes and various standard or custom packs).

12. An air fryer so you can make Julia's french fry recipe without having to deal with oil splattering from a frying pan — honestly, my worst nightmare.

Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed writer Hannah Loewentheil finally caved and bought an air fryer while in quarantine, and she's glad she did:

"I'd been contemplating buying an air fryer for quite some time, but it wasn't until I found myself cooking every night with my family due to COVID-19 that I finally decided it was the right time to get one. Friends of mine were raving about their new Instant Vortex Plus 6-in-1 Air Fryer, so after reading similar feedback on Amazon, I decided it looked like a winner. And it happens to be made by the same company that makes the crowd-favorite Instant Pot. I figured I would be using this appliance primarily as an air fryer, but as an added bonus, it can also roast, broil, bake, reheat, and dehydrate food.

"I've had this air fryer for about three weeks now, and I can honestly say it's become the hero of my kitchen. It preheats quickly, it's large enough to hold a good amount of food at once, it's easy to clean, and it makes food taste crispy on the outside and moist on the inside without any oil. I've been using my air fryer to make vegetables just about every night and it makes them taste so good. If you're cooking for kids, picky eaters, or you just don't get so excited about eating vegetables, the air fryer could be perfect for you. If you like chicken, the air fryer might change your life, and I don't mean that to be dramatic. The air fryer produces restaurant-quality chicken that tastes absurdly decadent, except there's no oil involved in the cooking — just air. We also tried making sesame chicken in the air fryer using boneless skinless chicken thighs. The sesame chicken tasted almost identical to my favorite Chinese takeout, and it had nothing to do with my cooking skills. Thanks to the air fryer, the chicken gets so crispy. I couldn't believe I made this at home!!"

Get it from Amazon for $99.

Check out the full review, plus some air fryer recipe suggestions for more!

13. A KitchenAid food chopper so you can finally make that recipe you've had saved from Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, but didn't feel brave enough to tackle yet.

This chopper will mix, chop, puree, whisk, stir, and whip...whip it good.

Promising review: "This is a perfect size for a small counter. It stores both blades and the cord wraps nicely. It is large enough to chop a large onion. It has a variable speed which is great for controlling particle size. It seems well made, very little vibration, and is very attractive." —D Powell

Get it from Amazon for $54.92+ (available in six colors).

14. A *egg-cellent* rapid egg cooker because we know very well how much Julia Child loves her eggs, but is there anything more annoying than trying to boil eggs and get them exactly the way you want? I mean, we know Julia Child can do it, but we're not *all* amazing.


This little machine that can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, and, get this, scrambled eggs *and* omelets. Ya, I know.

Promising review: "This egg cooker is some sort of magic. It is brilliant...totally changed my life and is my new best friend in the kitchen. Super simple to use, instructions are extremely clear, with pictures and some recipes to get you going, and the different types of eggs you can cook with this is incredible: hard-boiled, poached (!!!), and an omelet. We didn't even have to try it a few times to get it right — first time the eggs came out the most perfect I've ever cooked them and all I did was follow a few basic instruction steps, then walk away and listen for the buzzer. Even the buzzer at the end is more than a's music that my son and I dance to in the kitchen. I'm in heaven. All for such a low price. I can die happy now. :)" —Amazon Customer

Check out our deep dive into the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker here.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors).

15. A splurge-worthy KitchenAid 5-quart stand mixer because guess what? Even Julia Child *loved* this mixer and used it many times during her cooking shows and at home!

A white KitchenAid mixer

Here's why it's worth it: The 5-quart stainless-steel bowl has a convenient handle and is big enough to mix dough for nine-dozen cookies or four loaves of bread in a single batch. The mixer has 59 touch points per rotation around the bowl so your stuff gets mixed real good. It tilts to allow clear access to the bowl and attached beater or whatever accessory you're using. Plus, it'll stir wet or dry ingredients, knead bread dough, and even whip up some cream. The mixer includes coated flat beater, coated dough hook, six-wire whip, and a one-piece pouring shield. The flat beater and dough hook are dishwasher safe.

Promising review: "This was given to me as a wonderful surprise gift about a month ago. Now I look for any excuse to use it. I bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes a lot and this mixer has made it like 10x easier make all the elements I need. It also has freed up my hands so I can clean up my kitchen as I let things fully mix." —Walmart customer

Get it from Walmart for $299.99.

16. A nine-speed stainless-steel hand mixer made for mixing, blending, pureeing, whisking, and grinding away to finally make vichyssoise (leek and potato), Julia Child's absolute favorite soup, actually pureed.

Reviewer photo of a person holding the hand blender into a pot of soup

You get the hand blender, a whisk and a milk frother attachment, and a manual.

Promising review: "In looking for a new hand blender I felt fortunate to find this one by Mueller. At 500 watts this one is more powerful than most, the steel feels substantial, and the attachments are very easy to change. I've only had it a week and so far have used it to blend egg batter and emulsify salad dressing. I am impressed with how fast it is and cleanup is super easy. I had one of those small many multifunction super blenders and gave it away, too difficult to use and store. This one is perfect for my needs, no frills just a very sleek tool for a serious cook!" —Farm folk

Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

17. A stackable egg tray because you've finally mastered her poached egg trick and can't stop buying eggs just to show off your new skill. Now they're perfectly organized *and* aesthetically pleasing.

The egg tray stacked on top of another one with eggs on it
Trimmed Out Wood / Etsy

Trimmed Out Wood is a small business based in Tallahassee, Florida, that sells custom wood products for the home.

Each stand holds up to 12 eggs.

Promising review: "Already purchasing two more! I’ve received many compliments when people see the eggs on display this way! Also it helps me remember which are the oldest/newest eggs based on how I stack them. :)" —Morgan Dorriety

Get it from Trimmed Out Wood on Etsy for $26.10+ (available in larger quantities).

18. A handy measurement conversion magnet so you don't need to constantly ask your Alexa every five minutes to convert them for you. Julia Child was *all* about measurements and the importance of using them for all of her recipes, but sometimes converting them can difficult!

the blue magnet with dry, liquid, and herb measurement conversions on a fridge
MagnetRabbit / Etsy

This Denver-based shop also sells magnetic charts for other useful adulting info, like laundry direction symbols!

Promising review: "Lovely handwritten note came with the magnet. Magnet is exactly as described and a handy addition to my kitchen!" —Carla

Get it from MagnetRabbit on Etsy for $6.50+ (available in five colors).

19. An adjustable measuring spoon that will not only save up space in your kitchen drawer, but it'll be easier to figure out exactly the measurements you need with one tool. *Flashback to the time you added 1 tablespoon of salt instead of 1 teaspoon because you grabbed the wrong one.*

The measuring spoon with herbs on it

Adjusts to measurements of 1/2 tsp up to 1 tbsp.

Promising review: "I have been using an identical measuring spoon for many years. I bought it in a specialty store and hadn't seen one since then. This is a fabulous product. The same measuring spoon is used for all ingredients. With the addition of this spoon, I now have one for dry and one for wet ingredients. This is a superior product, giving exact measurements and is an essential for all bakers and serious cooks. DO NOT wash in the dishwasher. I hand-wash and dry immediately and have kept mine in good condition for more than a decade. Should you get it? YES!" —Sharon Beverly

Get it from Amazon for $10.38.

20. A digital food thermometer because Julia Child has a *lot* of recipes in her cookbooks using chicken, beef, duck, pork —you name it! One of the biggest anxieties as a newbie cook is worrying if the food is cooked properly. This thermometer will ensure you won't get you or your family sick from your dinner. Whether it actually tastes good is a different story...

Reviewer photo holding a thermometer into a piece of meat

The thermometer is 3.9 inches of food-grade stainless steel and gets temperature readout within three to five seconds with its high-precision sensor.

Promising review: "This digital meat thermometer is the best I've ever had. I own others, but they are either too bulky to fit in the drawer or too hard to read. This one is small and lightweight; it's easy to pull out the probe and very easy to read the temperature. I purchased several as stocking stuffers for Christmas. They make a gift that will be appreciated for its size and ease of use, but most importantly, it will be a gift that gets used instead of put away in the closet." —Kat29

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three colors).

21. A batter dispenser so you can easily make Julia's crepes she so graciously introduced to Americans in her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

reviewer photo of the batter dispenser next to perfectly round pancakes

She mentions in the recipe to use a traditional iron pan to make the crepes! This dispenser can hold up to 4 cups' worth of batter! That's a lot of French pancakes!

Promising review: "Finally a kitchen utensil that saves time, mess, and frustration! I ordered this because my 10-year-old daughter loves to make pancakes but she also leaves an incredible mess. She also loves to make cupcakes and that's even a double mess. Upon receiving the batter dispenser, my daughter took it out of the package and started making pancakes right away without my instructions. She loved the ease to make the pancakes in the container and then one click on the pan with no mess." —Jim Hudson

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

22. The Instant Pot, a programmable slow cooker with over 135,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because this bad boy will make the infamous beef bourguignon recipe we all know and have been dying to try so effortlessly, you'll wonder why you haven't made it sooner.

reviewer photo of two Instant Pots in two sizes sitting on their counter

Features 11 programmable digital controls: rice, soup/broth, meat/stew, bean/chili, sauté, porridge, steam, slow cook, yogurt, keep warm, and pressure cook. Up to 24-hour delay start, automatic keep warm setting for up to 10 hours, stainless-steel inner cooking pot, food-grade no-chemical coating, three-ply bottom, and dishwasher safe. Comes with rice measuring cup, stainless-steel steam rack without handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, condensation collector, and recipe booklet.

Promising review: "So, if you love the speed of a pressure cooker but were ever worried about them, this is your solution. It replaces many other appliances, too! I keep it out on the counter, and our countertop space is limited, but it's worth it. It's always ready to go. If you use it as often as we do, you'll love getting an extra pot liner, too! Very convenient to store smaller amounts of leftovers in the fridge while you make a larger dinner meal. If you are on the fence, go for it! You'll thank yourself!" —onefriendtoanother

Get a full rundown on this incredibly popular slow cooker in our full review of the Instant Pot!

Get it from Amazon for $64+ (available in three sizes).

23. A nifty butter dish and grip set to make greasing your pans or baking sheets the easiest task in your cooking process. As we know, Julia Child was a huge fan of butter, and would probably give this product a nod of approval.

TheMagnetack / Etsy

It's dishwasher safe and from a Miami-based small business!

Promising review: "Absolutely perfect. It holds a whole stick of butter and the butter stays in place — unlike some of the other products on the market that are supposed to serve the same purpose." —Michelle

Get it from TheMagnetack on Etsy for $11.95.

24. And finally, a meal prep station so you can feel like you're finally embracing your inner Julia Child with the most perfect mise en place in all the neighborhood. Bon appétit!

Reviewer photo of the white meal prep station with various vegetables in each compartment

Get ready for the list of what's included: You get five large, two medium, two small, and six mini containers with measurement markings in ounces, cups, and milliliters. You also get a removable 13" trash bin *and* utensil storage. For the tools you get a grater, zester, juicer, slicer, garlic grater, vegetable peeler, julienne, green stripper, and bottle opener. Whew!

Promising review: "I LOVE this! I am a professional chef and am usually very skeptical of 'home chef' products, I got this as a gift and I am OBSESSED. The containers are perfect sizes and everything cleans so easily, it’s also super easy to transport if you need to cook somewhere else. I’ve seen a couple reviews that the cutting board doesn’t stay flat — just bend it backward at the fold and it will stay flat! 10/10 I love this!" —Stephanie LaSpina

Get it from Amazon for $129 (available in four colors).

The ghost of Julia Child when she sees you cooking:

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