The stereotype of the vegetarian as wan and anemic is fading fast as a new generation of red-blooded men and women push meat off (or to the side of) their plates. These five tools make preparing vegetables fun and are ideal for the vegetable-centric cook.

November 01, 2010


 bamboo steamer

Courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Steam It

This woven bamboo steamer basket fits perfectly over a pot. $42; cooperhewittshop.org.
 vegetable scrubber

Courtesy of Fitzsu

Scrub It

This gold-toothed brush scrubs produce gently yet thoroughly. $99; fitzsu.com.
 ceramic vegetable bowl

Courtesy of Fitzsu

Serve It

Viennese design studio Mischer Traxler packs ceramic powder around cauliflower to get an organic imprint. From $35; designmarketo.com.
 boomerang wok

© The Conran Shop

Stir-Fry It

The Boomerang Wok's "cupping" edge helps flip ingredients. $140; conranusa.com.
 swedish knife

Courtesy of Kiosk

Cut It

Scandinavians adore mushroom foraging. This Swedish-made knife, with a reindeer-horn handle, is for harvesting and cleaning. $80; kioskkiosk.com.

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