Set Of Knives
A paring knife, a chef's knife (20-25cm), and a serrated-edge bread knife. "These knives are all you'll ever need. I'm not a big fan of the knife block, as they get dirty inside. The best home for knives is on a magnetic knife rack for quick and easy access out of kids' reach."
"Good-quality utensils, like a silicon whisk, are always handy."
"Even though the price tag might seem extravagant, the best ones - such as the cast-iron Le Creuset - will last."
"A good Bamix is great for everything from smoothies and cocktails to blending baby food. It's also very handy for pasta sauces."
"One small saucepan for sauces, one for vegetables and a large one for cooking pasta should see most kitchens through. What you buy depends on what you can afford. All copper is ideal, but stainless steel with coating is good."
Mortar and Pestle
"This is an everyday item for me. I use it for making pesto and crushing garlic and chilli. You don't want to be getting those strong flavours on your chopping board. Buy a substantial one rather than the very tiny versions."
"I can't live without a rice cooker. I'd prefer to concentrate on the flavour of the food than worry about cooking the rice."
"This is good for presentation, as it gives you nice lines through your food."
Good Crockery, Cutlery and Glassware
"They're the most important thing I'd spend money on. I think food always looks better on large white plates."
"If you can buy a good one that costs around $1000, they can even crush ice. If you can't afford that, just use a hand blender."