Objects of Desire: The Kitchen Countertop

Even if you don't cook, these 17 objects for your kitchen countertop are so delectable they'll make your mouth water.

Here's a taste of what four dedicated home cooks—who also happen to dine and chef for a living—keep on hand when it's time to get down to business in their own kitchens.


Matt Duckor: Editor, Bon Appétit
His Go-to Goods:

Hario v60 Coffee Maker: "Making coffee at home doesn't have to be an exercise in futility. Pour-over coffee with this Japanese-made ceramic vessel couldn't be easier, and when made properly, the result is better than 90% of the stuff you get at high-end coffee shops.

Ceramic Skillet: "These pearly white pans may look like they belong in a children's play kitchen, but there's no better way to make a fried egg. It's like non-stick plus-plus."

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Richard Blais: Restaurateur and winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars
His Go-To Goods:

Calabrian Crushed Hot Chili Peppers: "They're salty and spicy, and the perfect drizzle for pasta or pizza, which I happen to eat a lot of."

Alderwood Smoked Salt: "The salt is smoky . . . and salty. It's the perfect blend of surf and turf— perfect for finishing any meat or fish."

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Ryan Hardy: Chef, Charlie Bird, New York City
His Go-to Goods:

Butcher's Twine: "We use string for so many things—especially when a rubber band won't do. It ties a bird, wraps a gift, hangs bags, ties steaks, the list goes on . . .

Pocket Knife: "It's my most essential tool to get me through a day in any situation, from pruning fruit trees to opening tin cans, to opening your first beer of the night."

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Gabrielle Langholtz: Editor, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan
Her Go-to Goods:

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: "Though it's as old as I am, its motor can outpace my biceps any day. This thing is a workhorse, from kneading dough to whipping cream and beating egg whites. I'd grab this in a house fire."

Cast Iron Skillet: "My nine-inch cast-iron skillet might look like something that cooked beans over an open fire on a cattle drive 150 years ago, but I'll put it up against a $90 non-stick frying pan any day. It does it all, from the stovetop to the hottest oven, and from lunch lamb chops to cornbread to cake."

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1. Pan paddle and tongs, $18 each; 2. Tablet stand, $50; 3. elBulli 2005-2011 cookbook, $625 for the set; 4. Marble salt and pepper cellars, $35; 5. Tellicherry peppercorns, $4; 6. Himalayan pink sea salt, $7; 7. Giuseppe Afeltra linguine, $7; 8. Astier de Villatte canister, $139; 9. TM tea towel by Raw Color, $21; 10. PAL BT portable radio, $300; 11. Stelton Santoku knife, $90; 12. Lostine cutting board, $170; 13. Norpro egg timer, $10; 14. Rösle can opener, $50; 15. Joseph Joseph garlic rocker, $15; 16. Frankies 457 Spuntino grapeseed oil, $20; 17. Rocky Rose olive-oil soap, $5;

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—Tiffany J. Davis is a writer/editor living in Brooklyn. Say hi at

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Photograph by Victor Prado; Prop Styling by Philip Shubin; courtesy Matt Duckor, Richard Blais, Noah Fecks, Gabrielle Langholtz, Have Spork Will Travel, and respective brands.
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