My favorite piece of cooking equipment. Every single person who comes through my kitchen has to be taught how to use them. They're so much more useful than tongs. I like wooden chopsticks: They have a better grip than metal ones and don't get hot. I don't carry them with me, so I end up running out and buying them.
I always have my Bensimon bag. It’s from a shop in the Marais in Paris. I don’t buy too many things for myself, and this was the only nonedible, nonwork item I brought back from France. It’s the most durable bag, and I love that bright yellow stripe. bensimon.com.