Can you have a crush on someone you’ve never met?
Chuck, as he’s called by his friends, started Williams-Sonoma in 1956 selling professional and restaurant quality kitchenwares for home use.
Since my post about kitchens was just day before yesterday, I thought I’d fill the kitchen with dream accessories while that part of the home is fresh on your mind. This post is for you my dear friend, Linda… a faithful reader of my ramblings and always comments
When I think of kitchens I think of food, and when I think of food I think of cooking…with All-Clad pans. It took me many years and many lousy pans to figure out that where pans are concerned you pretty much get what you pay for. All-Clad isn’t inexpensive but they are the last pans you’ll ever buy
Specifically with Williams-Sonoma accessories and gadgets that make your job of cooking easier, your kitchen look good, and are just so slick you are certain you “need” one of the _____________[fill in the blank].
Charles E. Williams visited France in 1953 and fell in love with French kitchenware, especially copper cookware. Upon his return to America he settled in Sonoma, California and began importing French cookware.
Once he opened his store he made customer service a priority and along with a talent for savvy marketing, Williams-Sonoma became a destination. His first catalog was published sometime after he relocated his store to San Francisco in 1971…and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since my kitchen is on the small side, especially where storing too many kitchen gadgets I try to stick to the necessities. Sometimes that presents a challenge when the new Williams-Sonoma catalog comes with it’s excellent images of hard to resist goodies.
These are my favorite towels…they have lasted for years before needing replacement.
Williams-Sonoma now carries a great selection of herbs and spices. I’ve heard that the Pure Maple Flakes are amazingly tasty.
I know this probably seems like a “gadget” you can live without, and I’m certain you can but I must say, it’s one of my favorite things in the kitchen. If you like grilled sandwiches you will love a panini. I think you can prepare sandwiches that are a complete meal with this thing.
I’m going to finish with dessert—the Emile-Henry pie plate is one best pie plates ever. I’m hungry for cherry pie a’ la mode!
I promise I’m not a Williams-Sonoma spokesperson, although I’d certainly be open to an offer! I just happen to like the quality and variety they offer the home cook. Do you have a particular gadget that you can’t live without?