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Have you ever wondered about the tools in my kitchen? Which knife I love to use (it’s this one!), which high-end appliances are actually worth the investment, and which of the dizzying numbers of kitchen gadgets available for purchase you actually need?

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I HAVE YOU COVERED! Over the years, I’ve received dozens and dozens of questions about everything from the brand of pans I buy, to my favorite cookbooks (the gang’s all here), to the dish soap I use. Well, I’m so pleased to say that we’ve finally put EVERYTHING into one place!

I created an Amazon Store that showcases my favorite items. In addition to my kitchen essentials, I’ve also included a few other categories where I regularly receive questions, such as household items and travel. You can now easily find it all in one easy place.

For those who just want the kitchen basics, I also added a page to my blog that lists out my tried-and-true cookware, bakeware, appliances, and gadgets. You will find it on my site on this page. I know it can be intimidating to try and pick from the myriad of options out there, so I’ve narrowed everything down for you.

I love each and every one of these items, and I’m so excited to share them with you. I know they will be just as beloved in your kitchen as they are in mine.

You can visit this kitchen page or my Amazon store whenever you need inspiration, and I will continue to update it with my latest and greatest finds.

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Whether you’re shopping for your own home, looking for gift ideas, or building a wedding registry, you can find inspiration.

Visit My Amazon Store to see my complete list of kitchen tools, cookbooks, household items, and more here.

Visit My Kitchen Basics to see my core kitchen essentials here.

I hope these two resources are helpful for you!

Do YOU have a favorite kitchen tool, cookbook, book, or beauty secret that isn’t on my list? Let me know in the comments below. I always love trying new things and hearing from you!

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Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. The TYPE of Cook Book I like, and have some of are those which are mostly of the ordinary style. Some but few recipes which require long lists of ingredients (excluding standard herbs and spices and kitchen staples of course) the rest, most straightforward. Show a picture so that I know what to look for (I have very little imagination about these things) and above all, be doable without 20 years experience and 10 hours a day spare. (I would have though wives and mothers would agree with all these. For me it is because I am not a skilled cook. I can read and do not cut myself, often :-). A book which has variety and not just full of the same thing.
    The books I have include Slow Cooker, One Pot, Old Fashioned, and can be scaled. Up for Freezer Storage of Portion Sizes or down for a single (generous) portion.
    I bought an Hilah Johnson book some time back which included a timing which turned out well.

  2. My favorite knives are Chicago Cutlery and my husband keeps them sharp – a sharp knife is way easier to use and you’re much less likely to cut yourself. Love my slo-cookers, each and every one of them – I have 6 and they meet different needs in my kitchen. They vary in sizes and shapes so are very versatile. In the past year, I purchased a dough whisk on a recommendation from another blog and this was a fantastic purchase. In addition to dough mixing, it makes so many other things come together almost instantly – muffins, quick breads, etc. I don’t have a stand mixer but this tool does any job I throw at it. We all require different gadgets, huh? Thanks for putting all this info into one place to easily reference.

    1. Thanks for sharing all these helpful suggestions, Chris! I’ll definitely have to check out the dough whisk idea.

  3. Hi Erin,

    I love your site and your list of kitchen basics. We share a lot of the same stuff but there are some things there I definitely want to try. One thing I’d recommend is a glass beaker. My college major was Chem so I’m a bit of a glassware geek. I got a liter beaker when the plastic cup that came with my immersion blender cracked. The beaker is the right size, lasts forever and if you can get used to metric measurements, doubles as a liquid measure. I got mine on Amazon (of course):


  4. I have questions about light weight dutch ovens. Are there such things, first, and if so, are they as effective as standard dutch ovens? I have had numerous abdominal surgeries and shouldn’t lift more than 10 lbs and wonder how much an average meal and the dutch oven weigh, especially if you need to lift it up into the oven.I

    Thanks for your advice.

    1. Hi Joyce! You could look into stainless steel options that may be more lightweight, but I don’t know how well it would work, as I have never tried one before. I’d recommend checking reviews and seeing if any will be a good fit. I hope this helps!