Making the iPad More Kitchen-Friendly

Chefstand Designed specifically for use in the kitchen, Belkin's Chef Stand + Stylus ($39) is aimed at solving the problem of using a tablet while your hands are messy from cooking.

The stylus enables you to page through recipes without having to touch the screen, and the case-compatible stand has a non-slip rubber base and two different angles for propping up the tablet while cooking.

While the stand and stylus are not dishwasher-safe, both may be washed by hand with soap and warm water.


Food Ink: Kitchen Utensil Temporary Tattoos


Tattly's Kitchen Utensil Temporary Tattoos feature hand-drawn illustrations of a knife, whisk, wine opener, and box grater.

$5 for a two sets of tattos at Tattly.


The Duet: French Press Meets Tea Infuser

It's a tea infuser. it's a coffee press pot. It's a tea infuser and a press pot.

The Duet French Press includes two separate interchangeable rods: one attached to a stainless steel French press mesh filter and the other a stainless steel tea infuser basket. The tea rod also features an interesting notched design that allows you to pull it back and lock it at the top of the pot to prevent oversteeping. Come to think of it, that would be a good idea for coffee too.

$44 at Horne.


Fruit Art: Summer Fruit and Winter Fruit Posters

Winter fruit Los Angeles-based artist Claire Nereim's new Summer Fruit and Winter Fruit posters celebrate seasonal fruits.

The Summer Fruit poster features drawings of stone fruits and berries, while the Winter Fruit poster features citrus varieties, pomegranate, and pear. "I love eating seasonally," says Nereim. "And hope to encourage people to remember what's being harvested (and is therefore most delicious)!"

The posters are hand-screen-printed, signed and numbered (19x25", editions of 270) on recycled cover-stock paper.

$50 each at Claire Nereim's etsy shop.


Switch Salt and Pepper Dispenser

Saltpepperswitch Designed by Chetan Sorab, the Switch Salt and Pepper Dispenser changes from salt to pepper with the flip of a switch.

Made of ABS Plastic. Hand wash only.

$14 at MoMA.


Book Briefs: Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal

Odd-bits As a follow-up to her books Bones and Fat, chef and writer Jennifer Mclaghan is now getting into meatier territory, albeit from the perspective of preparing the "odd bits" (think snouts, feet, and organs). Her new book, Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal is aimed at the offal-curious home cook who may want to get into nose-to-tail cooking, but who may have some trepidation about getting their hands messy (or bloody) with organ meats. In addition to recipes, each chapter contains extensive notes aimed at demistifying everything from cockscomb to pig's ears. A recipe for barbecued corned beef is an intriguing and non-threatening entry point (who ever thought of grilling corned beef?), but before long you might find yourself whipping up some chocolate blood ice cream.

$21.28 at


Take the Subway to Sancerre


Created by David Gissen, an architectural historian and wine afficianado, the Metro Wine Map of France reconceptualizes France's wine regions as a subway map.

"If I see another picture of a vineyard or pruning shears, or a wine map that looks like a hiking map, I might lose it," Gissen told wine blogger Dr. Vino about his inspiration for creating the innovative map. "I believe that French wine (like all EU wine) was born in and through villages, towns and cities. From my perspective it’s completely urban. I want to make some artifacts that express my point of view. The map is the first of these."

The map is 18 x 24 inches and printed on heavyweight acid-free matte paper. $24.95 at De Long Wine Discovery Tools.


Chez Panisse, the T-Shirt

Dave-Eggers As Chez Panisse's 40-year anniversary celebration revs up, Levi's has partnered with Alice Waters and a number of notable writers and artists -- David Byrne, Maira Kalman, Dave Eggers (pictured here), and Sofia Coppola -- to create a series of limited edition  t-shirts.

Naturally (no pun intended), the shirts are 100% organic cotton and feature plantable letterpressed hang-tags on handmade paper embedded with organic seeds. Proceeds help support Waters' Edible Schoolyard organization, which promotes garden and kitchen education in grade-schools.

$30 each at Levi's.


Bakers with Cork

Crate & Barrel's new Bakers with Cork line of white stoneware baking dishes nest in cork liners for bringing hot dishes directly from oven to table. Bakeware is dishwasher safe. Made in Portugal.

$24.95 for the square baker, $29.95 for the rectangular baker, and $39.95 for the lidded oval casserole at Crate & Barrel.


Food and Music: The Recipe Project

Therecipeproject Is food the new rock? Maybe so, according to The Recipe Project, which sets recipes from celebrity chefs to music.

The new book and CD (due out October 15) by the band One Ring Zero features "song-recipes" from chefs Mario Batali, John Besh, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, and Michael Symon, among others. Each song is tailored to the musical sensibility of the chef and the dish: Chris Cosentino's recipe for 'Brains and Eggs" gets a Beastie Boys style treatment while Michael Symon's "Octopus Salad with Black-Eyed Peas" veers into heavy metal.

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