When it comes to kitchen gadgetry, many of us would do well to follow the example of Nigel Slater, the cookery writer. He champions a kind of Japanese minimalism. His kitchen is pared-back and clutter-free. His favourite gadget is an old wooden spoon. “I am not fond of gadgets,” he told an interviewer once, ”those little bits and pieces that really only have one use, and you only use them once a year. Long ago, I took the gadget drawer and tipped it upside down over the bin and everything went. They’re gone.”
It’s true that many of us collect, over the course of time, dozens of gadgets that we don’t really need. But it’s also true that there are some we couldn’t imagine life in the kitchen without, which make cooking a quicker, better, easier experience. What follows is a small selection of those which we think are absolutely essential to have in the kitchen. Some are only a few pounds, a few are reasonably expensive, but they justify their price on the grounds that they get a lot of use and last for a long time.