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French Cooking

The foundations of classic French cuisine are built on basic cooking techniques, and having the right equipment is essential. Kitchen workhorses such as sharp knives, enameled cast iron, and stainless steel cookware are fundamental tools for success. Whether you’re braising a hearty coq au vin, whipping up airy souffles, or simply searing a steak, we have recommendations for practical and affordable gear for your next Escoffier-inspired moment.

The Best Chef’s Knife for Most Cooks Mac MTH-80
After putting in 120 hours of research and chopping over 70 pounds of produce with 21 chef’s knives, we think the Mac MTH-80 is the best for most people.   Read More >
The Best Cutting Boards OXO Good Grips Carving & Cutting Board
After over 150 hours researching and testing, we found that the plastic OXO Good Grips and the wood Proteak are the best cutting boards for most people.   Read More >
The Best Food Processor Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor
After spending 50 hours researching food processors, we think the Cuisinart Custom 14-Cup Food Processor is still the best choice for most home cooks.   Read More >
The Best Tongs Winco 7-inch Tongs
Who needs serving forks when spring-loaded tongs are so much more practical? Winco’s 7-inch Tongs, while utilitarian and simple, are the most efficient option we’ve found for a true multipurpose serving tool.    Read More >
The Best Sieve All-Clad 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Strainer Set
The sturdiest set on the market could be the All-Clad 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Strainer Set, which Baked owner Matt Lewis told us has “stood the test of time,” even in the kitchens of his high-volume bakery.   Read More >
The Best Ramekins HIC Ceramic Ramekins
For special brunch dishes, such as shirred or coddled eggs or individual desserts, we recommend this set of 6-ounce HIC ceramic ramekins. They are oven-safe up to 500°F, microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and even freezable. Because they’re made of porcelain, they can also be put under a broiler, an advantage over lower grades of stoneware.   Read More >
The Best Parchment Paper Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Parchment Paper
Parchment can work well for all kinds of things, like lining cake pans or baking en papillote, so you’re probably better off buying parchment that comes on a roll rather than in sheets. We haven’t found any significant differences between parchment paper brands, but if you worry about environmental impact, Beyond Gourmet makes a good-quality unbleached parchment paper.    Read More >
The Best Metal Mixing Bowl Vollrath Economy Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
For metal bowls, your best bet are the thin, inexpensive bowls found in most professional kitchens and restaurant-supply stores—Cook’s Illustrated recommends Vollrath Economy Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls.   Read More >
The Best Cookware Set Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set
After researching over 50 cookware sets and rigorously testing 12, we found the reasonably priced Tramontina 12-Piece Tri-Ply Clad Cookware Set was the best. It was one of the only sets to include the larger pot and pan sizes our pros recommended.    Read More >
The Best Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan
After more than two years of making cookies, cakes, and even grinding meat, we still think the 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan is the best stand mixer. It creams butter and whips cake batter more effectively than nearly every other model we tried, and it effortlessly kneads dough without knocking around on the counter. For its performance, versatility, and price, the Artisan is still the absolute best.   Read More >
The Best Instant-Read Meat Thermometer for Your Kitchen ThermoWorks ThermoPop
After sticking more than 24 instant-read digital thermometers into pork chops, ice water, sous vide water baths, and frying oil, we still think the ThermoWorks ThermoPop provides the best speed and accuracy value for its price.   Read More >
The Best Dutch Oven Lodge Color 6-Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The Lodge Color 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven braises recipes well— on par with pots that cost six times the price. It’s our favorite Dutch oven for the fourth year running.    Read More >
The Best Knife Set Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set
After more than 60 hours of researching knife sets and testing 11—chopping, slicing, and peeling over 20 pounds of fruits and vegetables—we’re confident that you won’t beat the Wüsthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Walnut Block Knife Set.   Read More >
The Best Nonstick Pan Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan
The Tramontina 10-Inch Professional Nonstick Fry Pan is the best nonstick pan. It offers a slick nonstick coating, good heat distribution, and excellent maneuverability and comfort. It’s a great value, performing as well as—in some cases even better than—pans over twice the price.   Read More >
The Best Spatulas Victorinox Chef's Slotted Fish Turner
We spent over 40 hours researching and testing six different types of spatulas—including fish, plastic, silicone, metal, wood, and offset spatulas—to discover the best in each category.   Read More >
The Best Skillet All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan
After over 50 collective hours on research and testing, and three years of long-term testing, we still think the All-Clad Stainless Steel 12-Inch Covered Fry Pan is the best skillet for the money.   Read More >
The Best Paring Knife Victorinox 3¼-Inch Paring Knife
After putting in more than 45 hours of research, testing 20 blades by carving many fruits and veggies, we think the Victorinox 3¼-Inch paring knife is the best. It’s comfortable, sharp, and only $8.   Read More >
The Best Rolling Pin Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin
After nearly 20 hours of research and testing 12 carefully selected rolling pins on three types of dough, we found the timeless maple Whetstone Woodenware French Rolling Pin is the best option for most people. It’s more agile than a handled pin, it doesn’t stick to the dough as much as cheaper models, and it has just enough heft to do some of the work for you without smashing fragile dough. Plus, it’s one of the easiest to clean.   Read More >
The Best Mandoline KitchenAid V-Slicer
After putting in more than 40 hours of research and testing, we found that the KitchenAid V-Slicer is the best mandoline for most people. This razor-sharp tool has a decent hand guard and can fit in most kitchen drawers. In our tests, it made the thinnest, most even shavings and performed better than much more expensive models.   Read More >
The Best 13-by-9 Casserole Dish HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan
After considering 39 models and spending 41 hours on research and testing over the past three years, we've found that the Mrs. Anderson's Baking Oblong Rectangular Baking Dish Roasting Lasagna Pan is the best 13-by-9 casserole dish for most kitchens. It's broiler safe and easy to clean, it has big handles for carrying, it serves a family of four, and it performs as well as dishes that cost three times as much.   Read More >
The Best Cookie Sheet Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet
After baking 23 batches of cookies, six pizzas, and several pounds of sweet potato fries with 13 different pans over the past two years, we found that the Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet is the best option. The Nordic Ware excelled at every task—performing better than sheets twice the price—without warping at high heat, unlike most of the competition. It’s a great all-purpose pan for everything from roasting vegetables to preparing bones for stock.   Read More >
The Best Small Saucepan Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 2-Quart Saucepan with Cover
We considered more than 40 saucepans before narrowing down to nine for in-depth testing. The Cuisinart MultiClad Pro 2-Quart is the best small saucepan for most households. Unlike the other saucepans we tested, it has every feature we want at an affordable price: tri-ply throughout, a comfortable handle secured with rivets, a bent lip for clean pouring, and a snug-fitting lid.    Read More >