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    Apr 21, 2019

    34 Products For People Who Love To Eat, But Suck At Cooking

    Less stress, less mess, more eating.

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    1. A set of silicone cups that'll make cooking perfectly poached eggs so much easier. Family doesn't think you can cook breakfast? YOLK'S ON THEM!

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    No need to swirl the water, no danger of breaking your yolk, no need to add vinegar! And you can even use these to make poached eggs in the microwave.

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $12.97.

    Promising review: "These things are fantastic. I am a total klutz in the kitchen. A complete non-cook. And yet two poached eggs came out perfectly the first time I used these little beauties. A squirt of Pam in each cup, crack and drop the egg in, set them on the turntable of my 1100W microwave, cover them with a paper towel and 60 seconds later I had two completely delicious wonderfully done poached eggs. Voile! If I can do it, anyone can... Boy, am I impressed.!!!" —Leland C. Sheppard

    2. A set of stainless steel finger guards to let you hone your knife skills without lit'rally putting those hands on the chopping block.

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    Just pop one on your finger like a ring — the band in the back is adjustable, so it's one size fits all.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.95.

    Promising review: "Great product! I use it all the time, really is a life saver in the kitchen." —Sani

    3. A beautifully informative print, which'll identify and describe herbs and spices so you can kick your food up a notch when it comes to flavor.

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    BAM!

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "This poster is stunning. We of course hung it in our kitchen. I framed it in a Craig Frames 24x36 frame and it looks perfect. There is SO MUCH DETAIL to the many pictures and all the text (and all the TEXT IS READABLE!). Plus, it has multiple versions of the spices, like in ground or granulated form in addition to its natural form. Love that it has some of the most famous spice blends like curry, garam masala, Chinese five spice, herbs de provence, and pickling spices. This is such a great centerpiece of art for a kitchen. People will love to comment on it and ask questions about it as well as just look at it for a long time." —Roderick Rinehart

    4. A set of shredding claws with handles so you can transform a store-bought rotisserie chicken into a HUGE variety of meals with ease — and without burning your fingers or getting them greasy.

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    Get them from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "The handles make the difference! These are my first meat shredding claws; I can't say how they would compare to the competition. I bought them because of the handles which seem more ergonomic for gripping than the other types meat shredding claws. I made a pork roast last week and these claws took it apart easily." —Noreladim

    Seriously, the number of gourmet meals you can make with a grocery store rotisserie chicken is incredible!! Plus, you don't have to worry about dealing with raw meat. 🙌

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    5. A silicone safeguard to prevent your pot from boiling over and getting pasta water all over your cooktop. Are you as TIRED of scrubbing as I am?!

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    A watched pot never boils, but an unwatched pot makes a huge mess. This bb is heat safe up to 400 degrees, so you can safely pee while your pasta cooks without dealing with the aftermath.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Promising review: "You would not think this product is as awesome as it is! I never use pot or pan lids anymore. I use the boil-over safeguard all of the time because: 1) I can use the little lid insert to heat the food or water quickly; it holds the heat in. 2) Once I take the insert off, the food is visible. I can see it without removing a lid so many times and dripping condensation all over my stove. 3) I can use it on small pots and frying pans as well as large. It does not melt. It is easy to clean. 4) It protects against oil spatters when I sauté in a frying pan of any size. It is awesome!!" —Grandmuffin

    6. An Instant Pot cooker that'll (deep breath) pressure cook, slow-cook, make rice, sauté, make yogurt, steam food...and also keep your dinner warm.

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    It's like a little miracle you plug in.

    Get a six-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $69. (also available in three-quart and eight-quart sizes).

    Promising review: "I've used my Instant Pot for two weeks now, and I LOVE it. It is worth the hype. I work full time and I love to cook, but when I get home at night, it's sometimes a crunch to spend time at the stove cooking healthy meals for my family. I work 40 hours a week and have a child — when I come home at night, I cook dinner, I help with her homework, and then I run a 5k. Yes. Among many other household chores. Having this Instant Pot has increased the amount of time I can spend with my family at night. Once I've prepped ingredients, I toss it all in, and it's done, well, almost instantly! My favorite so far has been a beef stew that I made in 35 minutes cook time. It used to take me four hours on a weekend to make this — it was done so quickly, so perfectly, and I was able to freeze the leftovers for my lunch! I cannot say enough good about this thing. It's a game changer!" —Mary

    Still wondering if this is right for you? Check out I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With for an in-depth look.

    7. A handheld grater with two different-size grating blades so you can whip up the easiest and tastiest meal: cacio e pepe (aka pasta with pepper, butter, and grated cheese, plus a little reserved pasta water).

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    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Check out the recipe for cacio e pepe at Tasting Table.

    8. And a two-in-one bowl and colander set that'll let you drain your pasta without forgetting to save some of the water to add to your sauce.

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    Also a key ingredient for cacio e pepe.

    Get it from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection for Walmart for $10.97 (originally $12.44; available in two colors).

    9. The Flavor Bible, a cookbook and guide to creating mouth-watering combinations of ingredients, textures, and temperatures for all skill levels as you develop confidence in the kitchen. It has over 1,000 five-star reviews alone, btw!

    Amazon

    There are suggested combinations (over 70 things go well with chickpeas, apparently), plus pages dedicated to specific main ingredients (like chicken or lamb) to inspire you to create *your own* recipes!

    Get it from Amazon for $23.49 or find a copy at your local library.

    Promising review: "This book does not have recipes. It offers wonderful suggestions for what goes with what. Have you ever been staring at a chicken, tired of the same-old-same-old, wondering what to do for something different? This book has hundreds of suggestions. You have to be willing to try new combinations,but you wont regret it. Over the years we both have learned so much about flavors, what goes with what. My confidence in preparing meals for my family has grown steadily. If I could only keep five books, this would be one of them. My husband and I have given this as housewarming gift three times. It has always been well received." —notinKSanymore

    10. A set of measuring spoons for those hard-to-guess amounts that'll add juuuuust the right amount of flavor.

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    "So mom, how do you make your famous chili?" "Oh, you know, a pinch of this, a dash of that..."

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99.

    Promising review: "I have two other sets of mini measuring spoons that look similar to this set. I like these spoons much better because in addition to having the 'name' of the measurement on each spoon (drop, smidgen, pinch, etc.), these spoons also have the exact measurement imprinted on each spoon (1/64, 1/32, etc.). Makes measuring so much easier this way." —Lisa 1972

    11. A stuffed patty mold that'll help you whip up a Jucy Lucy in the comfort of your own home — (you won't even have to wear pants).

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    If you don't know what a Jucy Lucy is, you need to educate yourself. And btw, that's not its only use: this baby can make little sliders too! And of course, regular burgers, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19.

    Promising review: "This actually works, and you can fill with a lot of stuffing (which surprised me). The device is very well designed, and easy to use once you figure out which part is which. I was very surprised at the size of the indentation for filling. I put in: a slice and a half of cooked bacon, some sliced peppers, and small chunks of cheddar cheese. DELICIOUS! No leakage on my George Foreman grill. Worked great. They are big burgers, so you might end up sharing. Enjoy! It's a great tool, at a great price. You can make pizza burgers, Mexican burgers, whatever you can imagine." —BarbZ

    12. A handy-dandy aluminum baking tray (or two), so you can try all 18,000 of those sheet pan dinner recipes you've seen with minimal effort. All you need is a protein + veggies + salt + oil + any seasonings you want. That is IT.

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    BuzzFeed has tons and tons and tons and tons of sheet pan meal ideas to get you started, but just get experimenting with your favorite flavors! We're talking sheet pan fajitas, clam bakes, quiches, jambalaya, nachos and S O much more.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.11 (for a set of two half sheets).

    Promising review: "Heavy for its side, it did not warp in a hot oven. I love sheet pan dinners. One pan, held four chicken breasts, potatoes, onions, assorted bell peppers — all roasted to perfection in one pan. Use a good quality oil and just brush it on the inside surface of the pan. The stainless steel pan cleans easily! Also, makes great cookie bars." —Mamalus

    13. A smart scale to ensure you bake with ✨ perfection ✨. It pairs with an app and tells you when to add an ingredient and how much to add (by weight, so it's super accurate).

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    It automatically scales the recipe for your baking pan or number of servings. PLUS, if you add the wrong amount of an ingredient, it'll tell you what else to add to fix it!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising review: "So much better than I expected!! This is a wonderful tool for both beginning bakers and seasoned ones alike. I just ordered another one for a gift." —Jessica Hall

    14. A sushi-making kit that'll help you ~roll~ like a professional. Just whip up some sticky rice, and load 'er up with your favorite fresh veggies and fish.

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    DIY sushi bar! This kit includes the training frame, sushi mat, roll cutter, and non-stick rice paddle so you can whip up the best salmon avocado roll in your sweats.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    Promising reivew: "My very first time making sushi, and this kit worked flawlessly! The Sushiquik really made the whole process easy. Sure, you can layer on rice without the frame, but why? The frame made it so easy to get the edges straight and the rice evenly packed along the roll. I actually made six different rolls last night, and I just got better and better at this, even though my first roll was pretty perfect, they just got better and better as I played with the amount of rice and filling, and varied the pressure I used when rolling. The rice spoon was amazing! Everything in my house was sticking to the rice EXCEPT this spoon! Anywhooo, I highly recommend this set if you want a nice clean way to make sushi rolls. If you are a traditionalist who doesn't like improvements in your world, get on your horse and ride to the store to go get a bamboo mat...and hey, why are you on the Internet?" —The One and Only Seadog

    15. A pair of herb scissors guaranteed to make you say, "Chopping skills? Who needs 'em!"

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    Chopping scallions, basil, and other flavorful ingredients is tedious, but you deserve better than bland food. And there's a cleaning comb built into the storage cover to make removing any herbs that are stuck in the blades a breeze!

    Get them from Amazon for $15.23.

    Promising review: "These scissors are the best tool ever! Instead of chopping up my fresh herbs and scraping them into whatever dish I'm making — I just hold the herbs over the dish and clip away. Fast, convenient, no mess, no fuss. In the morning, when I'm preparing a fresh salad to take to work, instead of having to drag out the knife and cutting board I just snip the fresh basil into the salad. If you flip the cover of the scissors around, the slotted side slides out the bits stuck in the scissors. Quick, easy and no waste. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    16. An emulsifying bottle with a built-in blender ball for flavorful homemade salad dressings, marinades, and sauces you'll want to drizzle on everything. No more flavorless food, and no more relying on store-bought sauces.

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    "From scratch??" your hungry guests will shout with surprise. "Yes!" you'll reply smugly.

    Just add your ingredients (there are measurements helpfully printed on the side) and give 'er a shake to easily combine. The easy-open, auto-close spout means you can open + pour with one hand, too (without spilling everywhere)!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.76.

    Promising review: "This shaker is fantastic. I bought it because the one I purchased at Target turned out to be worthless (the top didn't stay closed and the dressing got everywhere when I shook it). The Whiskware shaker worked perfectly. It stayed sealed, it kept the dressing fresh, and the whisk ball did a great job of mixing up the dressing — even the honey. I am going to buy one for my daughter because there really is nothing like homemade salad dressing. Worth the price for sure!" —Blanche Devereaux

    17. A set of square rings to effortless make fried eggs perfectly sized for topping a piece of avocado toast.

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    A perfectly Instagram-able breakfast.

    Get a set of four from Williams Sonoma for $19.95.

    18. An adjustable rolling pin that'll flatten dough to the uniform height of your choice — anywhere from 1/16" to 3/8". No more wonky pie crusts or cut-out cookies that don't bake evenly!

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    Get it from Amazon for $15.59+ (available in muticolor [pictured] and blue).

    Promising review: "This cleverly engineered tool has changed my cookie making life. I've been making cut-out cookies regularly for 30+ years for virtually every special occasion. That's added up to thousands of cookies. So, I know my way around a rolling pin. After using a traditional rolling pin most of my life, I decided to give this gizmo a try three years ago. Wow. I marvel at how well it works every time I use it. At last, my cut-out cookies have a uniform thickness and cook evenly — every single cookie is perfect. I can't overstate how much I love this rolling pin. I've given it as a gift and recommended it to friends. I do hope they come out with a longer one." —Monica

    19. A set of five stainless steel mixing bowls with silicone non-stick bottoms, because whether you're creaming together frosting, tossing together the ingredients for a pasta salad, or whisking eggs to make a scramble, you do NOT want your hard work to end up on the floor.

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    And LIDS for marinating and storage!

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $39.99 (or $33.99 without lids).

    Promising review: "Worth the price! I though the material will not that good because the price isn’t that high compares to any store locally. But when I receive it, they shock me! These are really nice mix bowls! Just as same quality as bowls you can find anywhere in department store or Target! Worth the price!" —Toxilatte L.

    20. A batter-dispenser that'll make cupcakes, pancakes, and muffins 👏 perfectly uniform 👏.

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    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Promising review: "Why, oh why didn't I buy this a whole lot sooner? I have always made pancakes or waffles reluctantly because of the mess it always makes with drips and runs all over the waffle maker, the counter, and the stove. Well, no more! This wonderful tool puts the batter exactly where you want it, when you want it — and then closes quickly and completely so you don't drip batter when putting it down. I highly recommend this dispenser. It does just what it is supposed to do, without any fuss or mistakes." —Barbara D. G.

    21. A handy guide to the most important kitchen skills, from how long ingredients keep to how to plan a food budget to how to sharpen a knife.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "This book is pretty handy! I was always really into cooking, but when I had brain surgery, I had to learn it all over again. All the culinary texts books I had were too advanced me me to just jump right into. I keep this book by my stove, because my memory has gotten to be lacking. I love how simple and clear cut this book is without talking down to you. This would be a great gift for a young adult with an interest in cooking, a teen going away to college, or anyone who has moved away from home, and suddenly realizes that they have no idea what they are doing. Even if you know a lot, it's still very handy to have around!" —Karen Phelps

    22. A Hello Fresh subscription that'll basically be like a cooking class you can do at home. Sign up for a plan that fits your diet (including vegetarian and family plans), and you'll get allllllll the ingredients you need to prep each meal! WHILE learning how to cook!

    Hello Fresh

    Perfect for people who love activities like cooking classes, but don't love human interaction with strangers. There are even ~dinner to lunch~ recipes to help you prepare an easy and delicious noontime meal for the next day.

    Meals start at $7.87 per serving — skip any weeks you like! And you can even subscribe and get six bottles of wine delivered per month (all red, all white, or a mix!) for $14.83 per bottle. They have a ~sommelier on staff~ to pair wines with recipes so you have the best dining experience — right at home and even in your PJs.

    Be sure to check out my review of Hello Fresh (it's #7) for more deets on how it makes cooking easy — and teaches you new skills along the way!

    23. A 10-in-one chopper set to keep you from shedding tears over some onions.

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    No promises if cutting onions ~actually~ makes you sad. Plus you can use it to prep all sorts of other ingredients too, with blades that julienne, grate, dice, and chop veggies, cheese, and more!

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    Promising review: "I can't chop, slice, or dice to save my life, so this has been a blessing. I now no longer panic when a recipe calls for it. It slices, dices and chops everything from tomatoes to potatoes. The best part? It's easy to use and compact. It all stores within itself so I don't have to hunt around for a million pieces when I need it. Just put the appropriate plate on, press the handle down and bam. You are good to go." —C&M

    24. A tenderizer that'll make tough, flavorless meat a problem of the past.

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    This little tool has 48 blades so you can tenderize your meat *while* creating channels for marinade to enter and heat to enter while cooking — reducing cooking time and therefore the chances of the meat getting all dried out!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    Promising review: "This tool is a must for any cook who is sick of preparing meals for their family, only to have the main meat dish turn out dry and tough. This tenderizer is SO easy to use, and with only a few criss-cross applications, I achieved the world's best, most tender, juicy pork chops ever! With only a little salt and pepper and a sprinkle of olive oil and roasted garlic cloves, my family would NOT stop raving about a dish they normally would eat in stony silence. I have since used it on EVERY cut of meat I prepare for my family and have yet to be disappointed! Just rinse it with hot water and toss it in the top rack of the dishwasher, and it is ready to go to work for you again!" —IfAmazonDoesntSellItIDontBuyIt

    25. A scissor slicer to make fast work of prepping produce or making the best salad e v e r. All for the price of *one* to-go salad at the fancy place near your office.

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    Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "I've been wanting to make chopped salads but didn't have anything beyond a regular knife that would do the chopping work. DANG! these really work! It takes no time or effort to chop a bowl full of healthy goodies. And it cleans easily. I see myself as making so many chopped salads from now on that it'll add years to my life. And I'll be experimenting by throwing in more kinds of vegetables...this had no hesitation with bell peppers. I find that a chopped salad just tastes to much better than one with whole pieces of spinach leaves and such. I just had to hop on here and spread the good news right away!" —D OC

    26. The Goodful by Cuisinart One-Top, an all-in-one induction cooktop with temperature tracking to take the guess work out of your recipe. What heat setting does "simmer" even mean??

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    And it's great for sous vide cooking, too!

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful Collection, exclusively at Macys, for $149.99 (originally $187.99).

    27. A triple-threat tool to peel anything from potatoes to soft foods like tomatoes (thanks to a serrated peeler). It even juliennes!

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    You can even use it to make li'l veggie noodles.

    Get it from Target for $12.99.

    Promising review: "Never thought I'd write a review about a peeler, but this one is amazing!! I love that is three-in-one and so easy to switch between the different blades. Plus the way that it comes apart for the dishwasher makes it super easy to wash." —DaniSF

    28. A spatula tool with a harder center and flexible edges that'll slide right under the hardest-to-flip foods (looking at you, omelets).

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "So wonderful and flexible — great for all kinds of cooking besides omelet turning — scrambled eggs, sauces, etc. Easy on the nonstick cookware coatings, nicely heat resistant, and that flexibility hugs the sides of pan or bowl to get every last bit of food. I just wish it came in more sizes and shapes (smaller and narrower!) because it puts all my other spatulas to shame. The stiff inner blade combined with the silicone edge is a marvelous idea — OXO has nailed this one!" —zgmcgee

    29. A pretty kitchen print that'll also serve as a cheat sheet for measurement conversions or veggie cooking times.

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    Get it from Follygraph on Etsy for $19 (conversion chart) and $14+ (veggie cooking times).

    Check out their whole selection of kitchen infographic prints!

    30. A nonstick frying pan (this one's PFOA-free), because that dinner you spent valuable time on shouldn't be burnt on!

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    Nonstick pans: saving your dinner one night at a time.

    Get a 9.5-inch pan from the BuzzFeed Tasty collection for Walmart for $13.97 (available in three colors and also available in an 11-inch size).

    And check out our picks for some kitchen essentials on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    31. A four-in-one kitchen gadget you can use as tongs, a scooper, strainer, or pan scraper. You know how you always see chefs in cooking shows do, like everything with tongs? These'll help you replicate that.

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    Don't rummage around your utensil drawer looking for the right tool. This is it.

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

    Promising review: "Very useful! I like to cook and this thing comes in handy. You can lift, grab and flip stuff with only one tool. Great for pasta and noodles. Funny fact — I often cook with my toddler and this is a fun kitchen tool for kiddos — they love it. Quality is top notch, nice stainless steel and all. Highly recommended." —Team Moms

    32. An over-the-sink cutting board with a built-in strainer so you can rinse, and chop your produce in the exact same space, keeping you organized so even your subpar knife skills can't cause a huge mess.

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    This bb is especially great for anyone with a tiny kitchen and no counter space. Just extend it over your sink and do all your prep work at once — no need to dig out (and then wash!) that humongous colander.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I hoped it would be. My double kitchen sink (poor design note) does not have any counter space next to the side with the garbage disposal. I was constantly transferring peelings, etc. from one area to another with predictable messes and drops on the way to the disposal. However now, with this simple but great device I can hull strawberries, put them into the colander area for rinsing and then just sweep the hulls or whatever directly into the disposal. I cut carrots on the board, put them into the colander and again dispose of the ends and/or peels. The colander is on the smallish side but adequate, the cutting board area is stable and and the extender arms hold it securely. Plus the whole thing can go into the dishwasher. I leave it out because I use it every day. Definitely recommend." —PAE

    33. A thick, durable apron with TONS of information (think cooking times for veggies, measurement conversions, how to test the doneness of your meat, etc.) printed UPSIDE DOWN so you can hold it up to consult while you're *wearing it*.

    Amazon

    How long should you cook your eggs? How much rice should you make? This'll tell you!

    Get it from Amazon for $20.68 (also available in a BBQ version).

    Promising review: "I bought these for my husband and me, and while he has used it more, I have benefitted from the apron, too! Lots of tips and measurement comparisons, and easy to read when you flip the skirt up while wearing it. We had soft boiled eggs for the first time ever because the apron inspired him! The pocket placement is a bit awkward, but it doesn't impede the effectiveness. It seems well sized...my husband and I are happy eaters. Great apron!" —Brodhi99

    34. And Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, a book that'll teach you the building blocks of *how* to cook and build up flavors, not just recipes to follow. This is how you can start experimenting with recipes and flavors of your own!

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Promising review: "This book is worth its weight in gold. The author shares an extraordinary skill set organized in easily understood teaching modules. Mediocre fresh green beans turned into flavorful wonders, buttermilk plus chicken roasted to flavor and tenderness heaven, Italian bread salad flavor testing and adjustment by author's encouragement. My guests were in awe and freely praised my cooking. Easily improve your cooking through easy lessons. Destined to be a classic. The author empowers the home cook — this is the real deal." —Reudi

    These'll all help you cook even better than a rat pulling your hair!

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