Karen Akunowicz: Kitchen Essentials for Home Cooks and Food Lovers


Kitchen gadgets and accessories are usually high on the list of most wedding gift registries, but they’re especially in demand these days as couples spend more time preparing meals at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked four experienced chefs across the country to share some of their go-to wedding gifts. Here’s a sampling.

Ms. Akunowicz is a 2018 James Beard Foundation Award winner, a chef and owner of Fox & the Knife, a contestant on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” and an author of the cookbook “Myers + Chang At Home.”

“Vintage stemware is one of my favorite gifts. When I head to Maine a few times a year, I typically spend some time antiquing in Wiscasset with my spouse. If we have a wedding coming up, we will try to find some beautiful vintage stemware, and pair them with a spectacular bottle of champagne.”

“My friend Alex gave me a lovely olive wood salt cellar for my wedding gift. I love it so much and use it every day. It always makes me think about my wedding, so now this is a go-to gift for me as well. I like to pair it with a Peugeot Olivier Roellinger pepper mill and some great salt and pepper from my favorite spice shop, the Curio Spice Company.”

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