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Julia Child famously said, “with enough butter, anything is good.” But she might have added one thing: with the right kitchen knives, anyone is a chef. The problem is, most of us don’t have those knives. Raise your hand if you know what we’re talking about. Old, dull, shaky knives not only make it difficult to execute Julia’s recipes (not to mention Bittman’s, Batali’s, Lakshmi’s, and so on), but they also take the joy out of cooking.
Sur La Table wants to fix that with its huge clearance sale. Timed perfectly to boost enthusiasm for summer cooking (think chunky tomato slices and ribbons of fresh basil), it’s just the thing to help you prop the kitchen as you recommit to staying home (folks, we’re doing great—keep on keepin’ on). The knife you need is here—at 42 percent off—but that’s just the (pointy) tip of the iceberg. This sale runs the gamut, covering everything from enamel cookware to table linens. Here are some of our favorite offerings.
So you know you need new knives, but you don’t know where to start? This is where. This paring knife by the legendary Henckels is part of the Four Star series, which was developed under the consultation of professional chefs. Its blade is forged from top-notch, high-carbon stainless steel, which is sharp and stable enough for newbies to manage just fine. But seasoned cooks will also have a field day slicing and dicing with this beauty.
Be effortlessly fancy and a friend to the environment with these lived-in linen napkins. They’re deliciously soft with frayed edges that make them look like heirlooms, and they come in four great neutrals. Don’t be afraid of the 100 percent linen part—the extra-thick material has already been pre-shrunk and can be tossed into the washing machine. The napkins are even less prone to wrinkles than typical linen fabrics.
If you want to punch up any ordinary accessory, just add capiz. The iridescent shells invite the outdoors in (remember the outdoors?), and they’re arranged in an artful chevron pattern in each of these four coasters. Each circular coaster is lined in bamboo and measures four inches in diameter. The things keeping your table looking pretty should look pretty on their own, too.
You may have your favorite wooden spoon, but do you have a favorite wooden fork to go with it? If not, implement this one. It takes on a whole host of kitchen duties, from mixing salads to stirring risotto and doling out noodles. Each unique piece is made of raw, unvarnished beechwood that develops a patina with use over time. Just protect it with food-grade mineral oil and wood oil and it’ll serve you for a lifetime and beyond.
Prepare for your next wine and cheese party—whenever that happens—by practicing on your immediate family. Well, at least the cheese part will likely please every palate, and this is the perect platter for the job. The marble round is half price at the moment and is something to be cherished. Cooling marble combined with a sophisticated brass inlay make it a showstopper and even an ideal gift for just about anyone.
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