Kitchen gadgets

Today's kitchen gadgets do more than ever before. The best ones make food preparation and cleanup less of a chore while maximizing the results coming from your kitchen.

Rice cooker meals : fast home cooking for busy people
by Neal Bertrand.
Lafayette, La. : Cypress Cove Pub., c2008.
  1. Includes indexes.
  2. "Jambalayas, casseroles, seafood, pastas, yams, soups, potatoes, cabbage, rice side dishes."
Tools for cooks
Christine McFadden.
London : Jacqui Small, 2007.
  1. Originally published: London: Jacqui Small, 2007.
  2. Includes index.
Antique trader kitchen collectibles price guide
edited by Kyle Husfloen.
Iola, WI : Krause Pub., c2007.
With kitchens often serving as the heart or hub of any household, its no surprise the gadgets, goodies and graters of the kitchens of yesteryear are a popular choice among fellow collectors. "Antique Trader Kitchen Collectibles Price Guide" outlines the history behind innovations such as eggbeaters, string holders, teapots, rolling pins, coffee pots, ice cream scoops and canisters, while offering advice on making smart collecting decisions. Krause Publications

With the introduction of the Mandolin slicer there is no longer any need to scrap your knuckles. It lets you set the thickness of the food using changeable blades for a variety of cuts such as wavy, crinkle and julienne. Its food holder protects your fingers unlike the box grater pictured on the left.

Tools for the kitchen are made out of materials such as metal, iron, and wood. Recently more gadgets are made of silicon. Silicon kitchen tools are safe for use with non-stick cookware, heat-resistant and easy to clean. You can find them in colors to match your kitchen decor. There are spatulas, cookware and even funnels flexible enough to pass thick liquids.

Simple gadgets help everyday cooks prepare gourmet looking foods. Prosciutto wrapped around melon makes a more appealing appetizer when a melon baller is used to scoop the fruit in round balls. Carrot curlers, serrated peelers, and vegetable wedgers allow the novice cook to create impressive garnishes.

Find multiple ways to use your gadgets. Egg pods float in boiling water and cook poached eggs. Try using them to melt chocolate or butter. You could also mold gelatin or rice with them.

You can reduce clutter in your kitchen storage by choosing certain types of measuring cups. Collapsible measuring cups fold down flat and you pop them up when needed. They can easily be stored in a drawer. An adjustable measuring cup can take the place of several. Just slide the knob to adjust the plate inside the scoop for the measurement you need.

Simplify your life or get a kitchen gadget for fun.

Hot kitchen & home collectibles of the 30s, 40s and 50s : identification & values
C. Dianne Zweig.
Paducah, Ky. : Collector Books, c2007.
This guide spotlights over 700 full-color photographs of kitchen and home collectibles, and offers a fresh approach to collecting retro housewares, textiles, and decor.
Test kitchen favorites
by the editors at America's test kitchen ; illustrations, John Burgoyne ; photography, Daniel J. van Ackere, Carl Tremblay.
Brookline, Mass. : America's Test Kitchen, c2006.
The recipes from America's Test Kitchen make more than great television-they are developed with the home cook in mind and will work the first time you try them. That's because America's Test Kitchen is a real working kitchen, where every day dozens of test cooks develop, refine, and test recipes again and again (sometimes up to 100 times!) until they arrive at the very best, most foolproof versions.
Cool tools : cooking utensils from the Japanese kitchen
Kate Klippensteen ; photographs by Yasuo Konishi ; styling by Ori Koyama.
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 2006.
Food and travel writer Klippensteen explores Japanese kitchens and discovers a trove of beautiful and functional items used by Japanese chefs to grate wasabi, retrieve tofu from boiling water, and perform other daily culinary chores. Klippensteen discusses the history, usage and users of the tools. In Konishi's artful photographs, these tools look like mysterious objets d'art. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The Pampered Chef : the story of one of America's most beloved companies
Doris Christopher.
New York : Doubleday, 2005.
"A Currency Book"--T.p. verso.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff