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Victorinox 8 Inch Swiss Classic Chef's Knife [link]
I’ve had this knife for 4 years now. I do periodically sharpen it, but it holds an edge really well and is worth every penny. If it’s outside your budget consider asking for it for Christmas or your birthday from someone.
I know it seems like a weirdly practical gift to request, but it will make cooking easier and more enjoyable. Plus less tomato murder.
Yes, they definitely have a good kitchen lineup as well. The Swiss Classic was my go-to for a long time until I started making my own.
It really depends on how much someone cooks and their level of skill with a knife. It also requires knowing and using the right knife for the job.
However for about $60 Amazon offers a knife set that would do most causal cooks/chefs well.
Sure, you could buy just one knife...but you'd see its limitations quickly. Get a set and keep the set sharp enough with something like an Accusharp and most people will be just fine.
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Victrinox. I've had mine since culinary school and it's great. Good weighty handle, so it's not a pain to cut thick stuff. This is the one that I have. It's a good solid knife.
Get a good knife. It does not have to be expensive.
Next get a dutch oven
You can use it for braising, steaming, making soup, so it is pretty awesome. Get some plastic cutting boards, towels, and tongs
Look online and learn to make some basic braises. They are harder to mess up, keep well, and don't require a lot of stuff to make.
All-Clad is kind of the "Cadillac" of cookware, and a big set costs over $1000. In a highly-regarded test kitchen, this Tramontina set for $135 gets good reviews and sells for a fraction of the price. There are other set configurations and open stock (to buy in pieces) items of the same Tramontina line. I would add an 8- and 10-inch nonstick skillet and you would be set for a long time.
The same reviewers like these Victorinox knives as their second best choice. The first choice is the far more expensive German knives. There are different knife set configurations, even big sets in wood blocks, but my link is to the basics.
You need a knife sharpener. This one works very well and is simple to use, and is inexpensive as well.
You will need a colander set. This is the one I use. Stainless steel, lasts for years, cleans up in the dishwasher.
You will need hot pads, trivets, rubber spatulas (bowl scrapers) cookie sheets, etc. Just think through what you like to cook (or eat) and make a list of what you need for each step. Cookies? Mixing bowl, mixer or big spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons, cookie sheet and spatula. Spaghetti? Frying pan, spatula, can opener, saucepan, big spoon for stirring pasta sauce, bigger pot to cook the pasta, colander, tongs, hot pads or mitts to protect hands while draining pasta. Just think through the steps and make a list.
That knife looks like it can't cut through much.
You are going to need to upgrade.
Get this Victorinox.