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.
Decent pot and pan set
Cast iron pan
A chopper/mixer/puree machine- I highly recommended
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".
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
Gallon and quart sized ziploc freezer bags
Wine steward styled wine opener and church key
Large high quality wood or bamboo cutting board
This is just a start....good luck