What are Dean Fearing’s most important kitchen tools?

I’ve got quite a few. Good pots and pans are definitely a must in my kitchen at work and at home. A good cutting board — I’m a cutting-board guy. I just got a big, four-inch-thick butcher block, and I’m in love. It’s my new baby. I’m not kidding — I’m working on that constantly. My other favorite tool is wooden spoons. I love good, well-crafted wooden spoons for stirring, for cooking. Nothing beats a great wooden spoon and a squeezer. In my style of cuisine, we squeeze a lot of limes and lemons because we use a lot of juice. Having a great squeezer is like having a Cadillac.

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