There’s nothing like a pithy mantra to cement a reputation. “Form follows function” results in a few arguments around here, but it’s hard to argue against “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”; a handy phrase to deploy in the endless fight against stuff. Discussions as to what constitutes beautiful are ever ongoing, but at least we’re both largely singing from the same hymn sheet. Like most people, the kitchen is probably the room with the most stuff in it, and so it where we’re most in contact with design. And it’s probably the area where designers are given full reign to unleash their imaginations.
To guide us in our selection of kitchen equipment, Charlotte and Peter Fiell have written Essential Equipment for the Kitchen, a book full of nothing but the most tasteful in modern kitchen equipment. We were surprised at just how many items we either own, or, know from friends’ kitchens. There is a heavy skew to the Scandinavian design ethos, with clean lines and minimal decoration, but it’s nice to see some of our favourites: OXO Good Grips, Pyrex, Global knives, Kenwood kMix, AllClad and Cornish blue kitchenware. In total 300 items are featured, with stockist details, should you be tempted to treat yourself or someone else.
As a lookbook for ideas, it’s a worthy addition to the shelf. My only concern would be that it’s easy to be seduced by the idea of a kitchen of nothing but impeccable modern taste, which might end up might feeling a bit soulless. The other thing I’m going to do is use it when watching the next series of Borgen to see where all the coffee pots come from.
Fuss Free Rating
Essential Equipment for the Kitchen by Charlotte & Peter Fiell: ****
Essential Equipment for the Kitchen is published by Goodman Fiell, cover price £19.99
Fuss Free Flavours received a complimentary copy for review. All opinions are our own, we were not required to write a positive review.