It’s easy to get seduced by every seasonal catalog that comes to the door, but as The New York Times recently revealed, the list of tools the average home cook needs is small but essential. A few high quality knives, a couple of skillets, a good pot, some baking sheets and tools including measuring spoons, whisk and tongs are all that’s needed for everyday use. However, that’s not to say that your ancient mixing bowls or sheet pans couldn’t use an upgrade. This holiday season, refresh your old favorites or gift a young cook with an indispensable cast iron skillet (great for roasting duck) or set of kitchen shears at one of these local kitchen stores.
A fixture in the Italian Market, this family-owned business sells a wide array of gadgets, gizmos and staples from pans to knives, and serves up invaluable cooking lessons and advice to boot.
1006 S. 9th St.
This local chain, with locations in Chestnut Hill, Wayne, Ardmore, Center City and beyond, covers all the bases for appliances, tools, serveware, cookbooks and much more.
For something a little different, try this Roxborough gem that offers vintage and antique kitchen wares, such as chrome appliances, cocktail glasses and spice jars.
6131 Ridge Ave., Roxborough
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