Chowhound's 100 most-discussed cookware, cookbooks and kitchen products
See what the chatter's about.
David WatskySenior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's logged more than a decade writing about all things edible, including meal kits and meal delivery subscriptions, cooking, kitchen gear and commerce. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the eats business from slicing and dicing as a sous-chef in Rhode Island to leading complex marketing campaigns for major food brands in Manhattan. These days, he's likely somewhere trying the latest this or tasting the latest that - and reporting back, of course. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
ExpertiseKitchen tech, cookware, small appliances, food innovation, meal delivery and meal kits.
On our sister site Chowhound, readers and community members live and breathe cooking, and have for more than two decades -- so when they talk (or type), we listen. Whether it's working through a buzzy new cookbook or sharing thoughts on thatkitchen gadget everyone's talking about, Chowhound is where food fanatics go to spill the proverbial tea on what's what, and (more importantly) what's good.
That's why we're bringing you a list of the top 100 most-discussed cookbooks, cookware, kitchen gadgets and pantry items -- 25 per category -- on Chowhound. We plumbed the depths of our many food-related threads and community message boards to find out exactly what the Chowhound faithful has been gabbin' about over the years.
From tried-and-true kitchen workhorses like Vitamix blenders and KitchenAid stand mixers, to cutting-edge cookware, under-the-radar pantry ingredients and newfangled gadgets that make kitchen life easier, these are the top 100 most talked-about kitchen and cooking products on Chowhound.
The late, great Anthony Bourdain first helmed the kitchen at New York's no-nonsense French outpost Brasserie Les Halles. The beloved restaurant has since closed but its legacy -- and that of its famous former chef de cuisine -- live on in this collection of recipes and manual for cooking French classics like roasted veal short ribs, steak frites, escargots aux noix and foie gras au pruneaux. All written with Bourdain's undeniable wit and wisdom.
Perfect? Well, it's wide enough to sauté with reckless abandon, deep enough to pan-fry without oiling up the entire kitchen and the enameled cast iron allows for high, even heat distribution and easy cleanup. Oh, and did I mention it looks beautiful? So yeah, you might say this highly versatile pan has earned its name.
It's hard to know where to begin with the Vitamix but I will say, once you've used an elite blender, like the Explorian, it's difficult to go back to anything less. Power and precision are the two most important attributes your blender should have and are essential for soups, smoothies and sauces at exactly the desired consistency. For that, few machines are better than this one.
Are you a full-on ginger addict? Don't worry, this is a safe space. It's one of my favorite flavors and having a little stir-in paste blended with oils and lemon juice is the easiest, breeziest way to add this punchy flavor to soups, stir-fries or sandwiches.