Doug's Gear List're over thirty (forty? fifty?), divorced (or never married,), or just simply inept, can't cook worth a damn and can't get a date? Well, you can either go out to dinner a lot, or you can learn how to cook. To cook, you need stuff. Here are some suggestions borne out of some experience (as versus formal culinary training).

I am going to assume you have sense enough to buy plates, glasses, forks, spoons, etc. If your stuff is all cracked and stained, spring for some new stuff. It might help. You shouldn't leave the new stuff in the sink with cat food cans and beer bottle caps.

Knives It's hard to do this without knives. Cheap and crappy knives are worse than useless, they are damned dangerous. Do yourself a favor, if you are going to spend a bit extra on anything, make it the knives. Oh, BTW, make sure the handles are made of something which won't slip out of your grip when your hands are wet or have oil or grease on them.

Pots and Pans: You can't cook without them, but there are a lot of things on the market that are probably not your best choice. Everyone has their preferences, and you are entitled to yours; the following are mine.

Bowls and Things: You need them to mix stuff up in and cook stuff in.



Herbs, Spices, and Stuff

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I'll add more as I think of it....

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