Some Kitchen Devices Are Just Plain Stupid

I don't get this passion people have for getting strange devices to cook and serve food. Like this Magisso Cake Server. Why oh why do I need a special utensil to cut my cake?

It looks nice, but it's silly. Cutting cake is something you can do—and a lot better—with a big, razor sharp knife. It's the same with the rest of weird useless contraptions to cut, slice, smash, peel, steam, grill, and do whatever other crucial cooking operation a late night infomercial wants to sell you.

A note from someone who loves to cook: Just don't need any of that. Just the basic tools, good ingredients, time, good company, some wine on the side, a bit of skill, and imagination. [Apartment Therapy]

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