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Basic kitchen equipment and supplies?

Hi, I have a friend who has just moved into his own apartment after living with roommates/parents/girlfriend for his entire adult life (he's 33). He needs to equip his kitchen with quality equipment and supplies, and has a good enough job that he can afford quality stuff. He'll also need a good, basic cookbook to get him started, since he's incompetent enough in the kitchen that he hurt himself the last time he tried to cook.

Suggestions?

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  1. Chef's knife
    Paring knife
    Veg peeler
    Spatula
    Wooden spoons
    Stainless bowls
    Cutting boards
    Cookie sheet
    Casserole/roasting dish
    Decent pot and pan set
    Nonstick pan
    Cast iron pan
    Colander
    A chopper/mixer/puree machine- I highly recommended
    Ninja brand

    1. Don't try to solve the whole problem at once. Decide where to start. The first thing I would need is a way to brew coffee, then a way to cook an egg. So he needs to decide how he wants his eggs (for example) and what he wants with them, and concentrate on that.

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      1. re: GH1618

        Agreed.

        @snicmhuilean -
        His budgetary freedom notwithstanding, the shotgun approach is not advisable. Figure out with him what he most likes to eat, day-in, day-out, and begin equipping on that basis. Other good starter books are Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" and, seriously, "Cooking Basics for Dummies".

        1. re: mcsheridan

          +1 for bittman book, as well as the " how to cook everything vegetarian", even if he is not its every possible way to cook veggies, grains, soups- he could always add chicken or whatever.
          Both bittman books are also apps for purchase yet the app is not as comprehensive.

        2. re: GH1618

          I agree, also. Start from what he wants to do. As for gear, I suggest he consult Cooks Illustrated online (subscribe for a year, even) to seek best-of-type tools, from skillet to pepper mill and roasting pan, etc.

        3. This is a pretty good resource, snicmhuilean:

          http://www.thesimpledollar.com/the-mi...

          And for a book, "How to Boil Water" isn't bad for a start. Seriously!

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            1. re: pinehurst

              which one? when I searched Amazon's site, there are two by that name.

            2. In no particular order....

              A high quality chef knife and paring knife
              Stainless steel measuring cups/spoons
              An enameled cast iron dutch oven (as large as he can bare)
              A stainless steel tripoly saute pan (12 inches)
              A high quality non stick saute pan (12 inches)
              Set of stainless steel mixing bowls
              Ceramic or pyrex ramekins
              Set of wood mixing spoons
              Collander/Strainer
              Gallon and quart sized ziploc freezer bags
              Wine steward styled wine opener and church key
              Kitchen twine
              Large high quality wood or bamboo cutting board

              This is just a start....good luck

              1. Here's a link to previous threads on equipping a kitchen for a first-time cook: http://www.chow.com/search?q=basic+ki...