I Don’t Love to Cook—But These Kitchen Essentials Make Me Feel Like a Chef

Those who are regular readers of this series are well acquainted with my aversion to cooking. To date, I've professed my love for quick sheet-pan meals, easy one-pan dinners, and simple pasta sauces (aka recipes that encourage cutting corners in the kitchen). However—and I never thought I'd say this—I'm starting to get into cooking. Yep, like the plot of a romantic comedy that hinges on extreme prejudice, I'm falling for cooking.

No one is more shocked than I am, but, thanks in part to a few new-to-me kitchen essentials, spending time over my stovetop has actually become an enjoyable part of my day. Ahead, I'm revealing the attainable cookware and tools that have transformed my relationship with cooking by making me feel like a chef. Spanning a classic piece of cast-iron cookware to an unassuming utilitarian wooden spoon, these are the staples I recommend adding to your kitchen arsenal stat.