Culinary & Tech

Sophisticated upgrades that prep, cook, and brew for the at-home chef.

By Shaun Tolson
Illy X1 iperEspresso Anniversary 1935 Machine

Unlike most contemporary pod or capsule-based coffee machines, the Illy X1 iperEspresso Anniversary 1935 Machine can brew a classic cup of Joe and execute espresso drinks with a classic aesthetic. The steam wand froths milk for cappuccinos or lattes; a patented two-stage process brews full-bodied espresso with long-lasting crema. $595;

Finex’s Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Fashioned from thick, sand-cast iron that is later stone-polished and pre-seasoned, Finex’s Cast Iron Dutch Oven has eight rounded corners along its rim that act as pour spouts or steam vents if the octagon-shaped lid is slightly rotated to an offset position. The bottom of the 5-quart pot is circular for efficient stirring. $300;

Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo

No bigger than a bread box, the countertop Breville Smart Oven Pizzaiolo can reach 750 degrees Fahrenheit and, by replicating three distinct sources of heat (conductive, radiant, and convective), can bake pizzas in a number of popular styles, including Thin & Crispy, Pan, and New York. $1,000;

Hurom Celery & Green Slow Juicer’s

The Hurom Celery & Green Slow Juicer’s small footprint renders it unobtrusive until it is time to quietly liquefy celery, leafy greens, wheatgrass, and root vegetables. Pulp is automatically ejected; coffee beans and herbs are fair game thanks to grinder and mincer nozzles that also allow for kneading noodles. $500;

Caraway Home Cookware

This colorful, chemical-free Caraway Home Cookware set includes a 10.5-inch fry pan, 3-quart sauce pan, 4.5-quart sauté pan, and 6.5-quart Dutch oven with non-stick surfaces, stainless-steel handles, and aluminum cores. Their most attractive feature, however, is a ceramic exterior treated with a mineral-based nonstick coating. $395;

Balmuda Japanese Toaster Oven

The Balmuda Japanese Toaster Oven envelopes bread in a thin layer of steam, retaining its inner moisture and flavor while simultaneously toasting its surface. And because not all breads are the same, this toaster oven has multiple settings, from artisan bread to sandwich bread and pastry mode. $330;

Kalamazoo 6-Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Each knife in the Kalamazoo 6-Piece Kitchen Knife Set is hand-forged from three layers of metal, including a stainless-steel exterior and a VG-10 core. Crafted in Seki City, Japan, the 8-inch chef’s knife, 5-inch boning knife, and 4-inch petty knife (complete with leather sheaths) are finished with a 17-degree sharpening angle that is characteristic of Japanese culinary knives. $695;

Elewana SkySafari Private Plane

Programmed with more than 300 cooking times for various dishes, the Wi-Fi-enabled Chef IQ Smart Pressure Cooker features a built-in food scale and an automatic function that allows for rapid, quick, or natural pressure release. In addition to pressure cooking, the 6-quart appliance can sear, sauté, steam, slow cook, or ferment. $200;

CompleteChef by Cuisinart

The Complete Chef Cooking Food Processor by Cuisinart stands out for its ability to sauté, simmer, steam, and slow cook, as well as accomplish classic food processor tasks like chopping, slicing, shredding, dicing, and pureeing, not to mention it mixes, kneads, and whisks. Follow 200 preprogrammed recipes to prep and then cook in the same 18-cup stainless-steel bowl. $700;

The Beefer

The Beefer, a German-made infrared grill, utilizes a ceramic heating element that can reach 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit to perfectly sear juicy steaks with caramelized crusts in two minutes or less. The countertop appliance is designed with multiple heat zones to accommodate several different proteins at once. $700;