The latest craze to hit the culinary world is a precision temperature method called Sous Vide, and the Nomiku ($359) is bringing it from fancy French restaurants to your home kitchen. Turn the toughest of meats into delicacies by using the Nomiku to cook your meat throughout using a precisely controlled water bath for up to 72 hours(!). It is about as close to cooking magic as we have seen thus far.
If drinking tequila is more of an artform than a pastime for you, then you need the Tequila Buffet ($100). Hand crafted in Asheville, NC from beams of wormy chestnut salvaged from dismantled barns and homes of the southern Appalachians, the Tequila buffet is less an exception, and more exceptional. The inch thick board holds four shot glasses, a cutting board for the limes, a 350ml bottle of tequila, salt bowls (included), notches for your limes, and it comes with your own paring knife. Bottoms up!
It’s hard to believe that a block of wood can be elegant, until you see what Nils Wessell is doing at Brooklyn Butcher Blocks ($80-$300). Each of these beautiful wooden cutting boards are handmade by Nils, a woodworker taking the simple approach to outfitting your kitchen. Using the finest cherry, walnut, and maple woods (among others), Nils is crafting anything from cheese serving boards to brickwork chopping boards. Even better, he also sells the waxes and oils you need to keep your board looking clean.
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When your spagetti is a tad too bland, spice it up with Salt Made From Tears (~$47). These hand-harvested human tears from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies are gently boiled and crystalized in large tanks. Experience the entire range of flavors, from Anger to Sorrow. (We aren’t entirely sure if they are serious or not)
What is the purpose of having fancy knives if you are going to keep them stowed away in a drawer? Display your fine cutlery with the On Our Table Knife Rack ($75). This FSC-Certified walnut wall-mounted knife rack is hand-made to order and will look good in just about any kitchen.
Grilling season is upon us, which means it’s time to improve your grilling technique. Get rid of the foil this season and pick up this Cast Iron Garlic Roaster ($20) by Charcoal Champion. Just put the garlic in with some butter, salt, pepper, and perhaps some Worcestershire, and you will have deliciously soft garlic in no time. Just try not to eat the whole clove, lest you become “Stinky Pete” at work the next day. Comes with a garlic squeezer.
If you are in search of the most comprehensive, full-service grill on the market, you can stop looking. It is the called the Grillworks Infierno 103 ($TBA) and it puts just about any other grill to shame. This custom-built grilling station is designed to include the chef, and his fire, in the dining experience. With a central fire station that quickly creates charcoal from whole pieces of wood, each grilling station has upper fixed shelves for resting and a sub-shelf system for smoking and gentle cooking. The grill also includes a lift system and built-in storage, and entire structure is lined with floating fire brick that will accommodate just about anything you want to cook on it. Available freestanding or built-in.
Whether you are at the beach, on a camping trip, or tailgating before a game, grilling away from your backyard can be a cumbersome task without a portable grill. The Fold Flat Grill ($79.95) by Hammacher Schlemmer might be the most portable grill we have ever seen. Made from durable 304 stainless steel, the grill provides a 17 1/2″ x 13″ W cooking area with a V-shaped charcoal well that collects easily emptied ash. The best part: it’s les than 1″ thick when folded (!).
When you are into making homemade pizza but you don’t have the funds to build your own brick oven, using a conventional oven just doesn’t cut it. The KettlePizza ($139.95+) is just like an ordinary kettle grill, with an insert that turns the grill into a woodfired pizza oven. Upgrade to the Deluxe and you will get the peel and stone to give your homemade pizza that extra authentic flavor kick.