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Only two: a marble mortar and my ceramic knives.
I discover ceramic knives only a couple of years ago and now I have five of them.
Amazingly, I have not broken one yet!
Pepper and salt grinder are totally indispensable. I've got one that does both - just flip it around and grind. And mortar and pestle. I can't understand how anyone can make pesto in a food processor, it just isn't right. Plus, the feeling of crushing something in a mortar is so primeval that I love it. Also, I've recently purchased an unglazed Hungarian Romertopf clay baker, but I haven't used it yet. I haven't used my tagine yet either. These are serious candidates, too.
I think I should start using a mortar and pestle more. I seem to be missing out on something here.
Bare bones I agree, but I can get away with using my pairing knife and chefs knife for breaking down protein in a bind. The weird thing is I always have to have my own peeler. I use this stainless steel kuhn rikon peeler that I cannot find anymore. It is awesome though!
When we first got together my wife had a Cutco knife, finely serrated edge. She thought it was the greatest thing ever, a necessity for slicing tomatoes. She was speechless when one day I took my trusty Chicago Cutlery chef knife, a quick run on the steel, cut a tomato in half and then presented her with a slice thinner than the processed cheese slices she was putting on her sandwiches.
The knife is still in a drawer somewhere, not in one of the blocks. I don't really care if it is still around. I do care about her still being around - 26 years as of yesterday, Aug. 31st.
Good vino in tow goes a long way to ameliorating an otherwise gray-area personality.