I like to cook. So do you. I mean, seriously: you’re reading a cooking blog. It’s a crazy deduction, but I feel pretty confident in it.
You’re thinking “These recipes look great, but I don’t have all the tools I need to complete them! I thought you said paleo diet, and yet, your recipes call for more than rocks and tree limbs!” I’ve heard your concerns, and you can rest easy: I’ve put together a list of links to useful cooking equipment that I personally believe in. If I haven’t used it and liked it, you won’t find it on here. Pinkie promise.
Chantal Copper Fusion Saucepans and Skillets – My current obsession. Copper and carbon steel core surrounded by enamel. Made in Germany. Fastest, most even heating of any pan I’ve ever used. Almost as heavy as cast iron, but pre-heat in about a minute. Great release at low heats (eggs, etc.) but great high-heat capability for searing (steaks, etc.).
All-Clad Master Chef 2 7-Piece Cookware Set – A good starter set. Stainless cooking surface, two layers of aluminum for even heating. Very nice. Also, lots of individual pans in this line if you want to add more later.
Mauviel 5-Ply Roasting Pan – I use this at least once a week. It is a HUGE roasting pan, and it performs better than any other roaster I’ve used. Super-even heating, easy to clean, and just generally awesome. Get this. For reals.
Lodge Logic L10SK3 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet – The workhorse. You can do a lot in a big cast iron skillet. Get one with an assisting handle, because they get heavy. Or, you know, skip the assisting handle and make cooking a workout.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Red – Le Creuset is awesome. Get this for stews, sauces, and casseroles with acidic foods (like tomato) so you don’t have to spend every spare minute re-seasoning your cast iron. And it comes in pretty colors.
Lodge LCC3 Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker – For those on a budget, this combines the previous two entries into one, BECAUSE THE LID ON THE DUTCH OVEN IS A SKILLET. That’s right. Skillet lid. Because multi-function tools are for winners.
Wusthof Grand Prix II 10-Inch Cook’s Knife – Because animals and plants are bigger than your face. A good chef’s knife is critical. This one is solid. Longer blade means less work for you. Not cost prohibitive.
Shun TDM0707 Premier Chef’s Knife, 10-Inch – Thinner, lighter, more agile. While that might describe your paleo self, I’m actually talking about the Japanese chef knife. Want the sharpest, most precise knife? Go Japanese. Good for use on vegetables, fruits, and any meat without bones.
Kyocera Revolution Series Knives, 5-1/2-inch Santoku Knife, White Blade – Cut things with pottery! Seriously, though, ceramic knives are super sharp, stay sharp for ages, and don’t react with acid. Use them for herbs, citrus, tomatoes.
Epicurean Gourmet Series 15-Inch-by-11-Inch Cutting Board – Because you need things to cut on. Epicurean boards are dishwasher safe, gentle on your knives, and made in the USA. Win, win, win.
Messermeister 12-Inch Ceramic Rod Knife Sharpener – Knives are only good if they’re sharp. Keep them peachy keen. This is a good budget option and works with all knives (Western or Japanese).
MAC Ceramic Black Honing Rod #SRB-84 – A step up from the Messermeister, it’s got a steel core for better support/structural integrity.
Norpro 3 Piece Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk Set – Different size whisks allow you to whip more or less air into things. Scramble your eggs in style.
WMF Profi-Plus 11 -Inch Stainless Steel Ball Whisk – You know how I talk about deglazing a pan? Get that delicious fond out of the bottom of your pan by using this thing. Plus, you’ll feel like a fancy chef having something in your utensil jar that makes people go “what the heck is that thing?”
Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater – When I call for lemon zest, this is the thing that does that. This is to your old grater what your paleo body is to your SAD body. Better.
Zyliss 3-in-1 Folding Grater – I no longer recommend this piece of equipment. I was happy with it at first, but it dulled soon, and, consequently, quickly required excessive force to successfully grate things. Dull cutting tools are dangerous, because that excessive force means you give up control. This is a grated finger waiting to happen.
Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender with Whisk and Chopper Attachments – Puree soups without having them spray everywhere. And it has attachments.
Cuisinart DLC-4CHB Mini-Prep Plus 4-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel – Want to make your own nut butters? Quickly chop veggies for sautee or salsa? Make a machine do it. If, like me, you have limited counter space, this is the thing to have.
Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe – These. Rule. End of story. Coffee is a delicious delivery mechanism for polyphenols and antioxidants; find out how much more delicious it can be.
The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series) – Double the herbs and spices in every recipe. The concepts are good, but all of them are under-seasoned. Also contains a short, good primer on paleo nutrition.
Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain Free Recipes For Any Occasion – A cookbook from two of the paleo world’s brightest culinary stars. No one will question your food choices when you show up with something from this book.
How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food – A definitive reference. Learn how to build flavors, use your tools, and how to work with various ingredients…with 2,000 recipes.
Greens Cookbook – Because paleo is about more than meat. Out of print now, but if you can get it, this is one of the best vegetarian cookbooks that there is. From the kitchen of San Francisco’s Greens restaurant with input from Buddhist chef Edward Espe Brown.
Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes – I think this speaks for itself.
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook – You’ve gone paleo, but you still like to bake. Lucky for you, Elana is some sort of magician. Welcome to high-protein, grain-free baking.