Kitchen Essentials from Laurent Gras
Laurent Gras of L2O is everywhere these days. Besides being our favorite to win in his James Beard category, and L2O's appearance on No Reservations, he got corralled by Men.Style.com for a rundown of his favorite kitchen gadgets.
Gras has very specific picks, all of which are top-of-the-line and would make for a spectacularly equipped kitchen. While economics isn't the thrust of the roundup, we can't help but notice that some of his preferences are more recession-friendly than others: his pick for a multi-use saute pan (the 7-quart Calphalon One Infused Anodized Sauteuse) is an attainable $90, he likes $6.50 red salt, and he says he never spends more than $20 on a bottle of olive oil from his preferred purveyor, Old Town Oil). On the other hand, his coffeemaker of choice is the Pasquini Livia 90 semi-auto espresso machine, which clocks in around $2k.