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12 Made-in-France Kitchen Essentials for Francophiles Everywhere

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by Alexa Hotz last modified Sep 24, 2014

French kitchens are filled with ideas worth stealing. Equip your own as the French would with a batterie de cuisine, all the essentials from the right cookware to vinegar fermentation pots and string market bags. Here are a dozen of our favorite accessories. Above: A staple of French cafes and restaurants, Duralex Petit Picardie Glasses, shown here in a Paris kitchen designed by Marianne Evennou , have a shape inspired by 18th-century French crystal. A set of six Petite Picardie Glasses , 5.4 oz each, is $20 at Quitokeeto. Learn more about the glassware in  Object Lessons: Iconic Cafe Ware from Duralex .  Above: A classic Cast-Iron Crêpe Pan , 12 inches in diameter, is €54.30 (US $69.80) at Paris's best cookware shop, E. Dehillerin .  Above: The ultimate of its kind, the  Peugeot Chocolate Paris Peppermill  stands 18 inches tall and has been made in France since 1855; $185 at March, in San Francisco. See more Peugeot mills in today's 10 Easy Pieces post. Above: For formal weekend grocery shopping, there is, of course, the woven market basket—the panier. Its casual counterpart, the cotton net bag, is small enough to tote around and whip out during impromptu trips to the grocery store. For a list of our favorites, see 10 Parisian-Style Net Bags . Photograph by  Aurélie Lécuyer  of Le Dans La. Above: The secret to French sauces? The Chinois, a household standard, is a conical sieve used with a wooden pestle. At  Williams-Sonoma, a  Chinois Strainer, Pestle & Stand  is $119.95. Above: Our favorite iteration of fine French china is Astier de Villatte's black terracotta with a glossy whitewash of glaze. Available at  Sue Fisher King ,  John Derian , and  ABC Home  in the US, and directly at  Astier de Villatte  in France. Photograph by Alexa Hotz from  Posh Japanese Workwear, by Way of France . Above: Founded in 1890 by an enterprising 18-year-old in the Savoie region, Opinel has been synonymous with French knives ever since. The  Opinel Utility Kitchen Set 1300  is $38.11 at Amazon. Above: From Objects of Use, in London, the  French Vinegar Pot  of salt-glazed stoneware is made for fermenting and dispensing wine vinegars. It's handmade in Argent sur Sauldre, near Orléans in central France; £70 (US $114.75). Above: Ingredients for a good poached egg? Water, loads of salt, white vinegar, and a  Tin Egg Poacher  like this one from Merci, in Paris, with a dark gray chrome finish; €7 (US $8.99). Sur la Table also sells a  French Tin Egg Poacher  for $8. Above: Top-of-the-line cookware can be sourced from at least three longstanding French companies:  Staub , founded in Alsace in the 1970s by Frances Staub (its  5.5-Quart Round Cocotte , shown here, is $284.99 at Zwilling J. A. Henckels);  Le Creuset , which began as a collaboration between two craftsmen in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France in 1925; and  De Buyer , which has been manufacturing steel cookware in France since 1830. Above: Two great all-purpose beechwood spoons made in France:  Soil-Dipped Wooden Spoons , shown here, are $29 for a set of three at Provisions, and  natural wood  Large-Handle Beechwood Spoons  are $6.95 each at Sur la Table. Above: A collection of go-to tart pans in various shapes and sizes is essential. This   Rectangular Tart Pan is made of heavy-gauge tinned steel by a French bakeware company in production since 1887; $18 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: In the French kitchen, linen tea towels are dual purpose: They're used for drying hands and spills, and for wrapping day-old bread for freshness. Striped Tea Towels from Merci in Paris are €18.50 (US $23.77) each. Heading to Paris? Check out our Travels with an Editor series, and see pastry chef David Lebowitz's website for the definitive list of Cookware Shops in Paris . For more French kitchens, visit our Gallery of Rooms with French Style . On Gardenista, discover a Parisian Florist Where Flowers Are Arranged by Scent .  More Stories from Remodelista Greatest Hits: 10 Fantastique French Kitchens 10 Easy Pieces: Salt and Pepper Grinders from Around the World Object Lessons: The Great British Range Cooker






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