BLiS Gourmet Barrel Aged Fish Sauce
This bourbon barrel-aged fish sauce is mellowed by seven months of sitting in oak, so the earthy, meaty funk that one expects from any fermented fish product is beautifully balanced by a complementary sweetness. BLiS's product is also rounded out with soft notes imparted by the seven-month aging process: warming spices, vanilla, and fruit woods, as well as a subtle smoky depth.
Berard Round Salt Keeper
These salt cellars by French company Berard have magnetic lids that easily pop open when you need seasoning but also fit securely for storage. Choose either the gray speckled ceramic for a lid that comes off completely or the olivewood for a swivel-top mechanism. This salt box is attractive enough that we sometimes use it on the dinner table for an elegant addition that doesn’t require shaking.
Kamado-San Double-Lid Donabe Rice Cooker
If you eat as much rice as we do, its worthwhile owning a proper rice cooker. There’s convenience to an electric cooker, but we much prefer the remarkably moist, fluffy grains of rice produced by clay donabe-style rice cookers. The unique design of these age-old pots features two lids—the inset lid allows some moisture to escape to control the rate at which the rice cooks and lightly pressurizes the pot. This particularly thick-bottomed, durable pot is made from a uniquely porous clay, which heats evenly and maintains a steady heat for very uniform cooking. Beyond rice, the pot can also be used for small batches of soups and stews, like a quick miso soup. We love the thick rustic glaze and the way the pot patinas with use. It looks good enough to come right to the table.
- Size: 9.5” x 12”x 7” high (24 cm x 30 cm x 18 cm high) – including handles and lid
- Capacity: 1.5 qt (1,500 ml)
- Able to cook up to 3 cups (about 2 ¼ US cups =540 ml) of uncooked rice
- Weight: 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
Christopher Kimball by Regal Ware 3-quart Covered Stainless Steel Saucepan
If you only purchase one saucepan, this is it. Made from 5-ply professional grade stainless steel sandwiched around a pure aluminum core that provides superior heat conductivity, this saucepan produces professional chef results. No burning. No hot spots. Even heat conductivity. (If you answer a phone call, your oatmeal or onions won’t burn.) The magnetic stainless steel exterior makes this premium cookware ideal for any cooking surface, including induction cooktops. The brushed stainless steel finish also makes cleaning easier and keeps the saucepan looking new longer. Oven safe up to 500 degrees and made from 18/10 stainless steel.