What would you say is the most important tool in your kitchen? The one that you truly cannot cook without? Actually, that's a trick question. The tools that we use, even the ones we absolutely depend on, are all cultural. That means nothing is truly essential because cooks have been making great food using totally different tools than yours for centuries. Tim Hayward is a British food writer and an obsessive about the history of kitchen tools. His latest book is The Modern Kitchen. Francis Lam talked to him about some of the tools people think they can’t live without and about the ones that actually did change the way we cook and eat.
You can also enjoy these excerpts from Hayward's books