R. Murphy Oyster Knives and a Knife for the Bar

Fresh oysters on the half-shell, offered with or without chilled toppings, are a festive holiday appetizer or party food. If the prospect of opening them is intimidating, you’ll find that a good oyster knife and a little practice will make the job easy and fun. R. Murphy Knives makes everything you need, and in such a wide variety that even the […]

Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club

My liquor cabinet is filled with mostly-unused bottles, so if you’re anything like me, the Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club will be a bit of a godsend. The monthly kits (which start at $50 for one box but grow incrementally less expensive depending on whether you commit yourself to 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions) come […]

Authentic Portuguese Cooking by Ana Ortins

“Readers of Ortin’s first cookbook, Portuguese Homestyle Cooking, bombarded her with requests for favorite dishes, and she obliges them in this outstanding sequel…Readers interested in expanding their repertoires would do well to consider this terrific compilation and will likely find themselves in search of its predecessor if it isn’t already in their library.”–Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Lazy Spoon

There are few kitchen innovations cleverer than a “lazy spoon” that has a notch or tab that lets it rest on the edge of a pot or bowl, dripping back into the vessel instead of counter or stove. Woodworker Jonathan Simons claims to have invented the lazy spoon, and indeed has the name trademarked. His […]

Cuisinart Smart Stick

About the time that my ancient countertop blender gave up the ghost, a friend offered me her never-used Cuisinart immersion blender. My old blender didn’t really plow through the solids in a vigorous fashion and it had to be cleaned by hand. Now, having the Cuisinart Smart Stick, I may not need to replace it. The Smart […]

Feast of Sorrow – A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King

Set amid the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction.

The Smoking Gun Handheld Food Smoker

The Smoking Gun handheld food smoker from Polyscience might, at first glance, seem like yet another hifalutin’ gastronomic gadget. The reality, though, is that this small, incredibly easy-to-use handheld device provides a method of food preparation that is unattainable in virtually any other way. Powered by four AA batteries and operated using a single switch, […]

BeaterBlade for stand mixers

This beater has a thin silicone edge that scrapes bowl sides clean with every pass. Indispensable when I make a cheesecake or any sticky batter—no more need to complete mixing by hand—nothing is out of its reach!

Handle-less Salad Servers

My handle-less salad servers garner more comments from friends at potlucks or in my home than any other kitchen utensil I own. I love them because of their aesthetic and practical qualities. Despite requiring the same hand motion as one uses with a more standard-sized salad serving fork, they somehow seem more practical and efficient. […]

34 Degrees Crisps

It can be hard to find a cracker that tastes great, is low in calories, and that makes a good base for an hors d’oeuvre. 34 Degrees Crisps are all of these and more. Available in a multitude of savory flavors and grains (Natural, Sesame, Poppy, Rosemary, Whole Grain, and more) there are also sweet […]

Vegan Ice Cream: Over 90 Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights by Jeff Rogers

Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or following a dairy-free diet, you don’t have to miss out on one of the world’s favorite desserts.  Vegan Ice Cream offers decadent frozen alternatives that don’t rely on milk, cream, or refined white sugar. Instead, these luscious recipes use nut milks, fresh fruit, and natural sweeteners to create simple and inventive […]

Green Plate Special: Sustainable and Delicious Recipes by Christine Burns Rudalevige

In Green Plate Special, The Cook’s Cook contributor Christine Burns Rudalevige shares her recipes for healthy, sustainable, and delicious meals, with tips and tricks for greening your kitchen and making the most of your produce. Featuring dozens of recipes that are good for the planet, Green Plate Special is a primer for conscious, delectable living.