A “war” has been brewing (ha ha) between Katharine Shilcutt and Robb Walsh, two Houston food bloggers. Katharine doesn’t think too much of many appliances and gadgets, while Robb shamelessly celebrates them. Katharine wrote about the 10 Most Useless Kitchen Appliances (some of which I agree with, some not…but all are funny), and Robb countered with Top 10 Useful Kitchen appliances That My Foodie Friends Make Fun Of. Also terribly entertaining, especially for gadget junkies…
A bread machine, an electric tea kettle, crock pots…Robb, I’m totally with you! An electric egg cooker? Not so much. Not that my opinion should matter to Robb at all, because that’s all it is, an opinion based upon how I like to cook. So even though these articles are entertaining, I don’t take them too seriously. When someone leaves a nasty comment here, saying that what I’ve chosen to report on is stupid, I don’t pay much attention.
But oh my gosh! Robb has raised the bar!! In response to Katharine’s later post about The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Gadgets, he decided to take a different stance in Anti-American Gadget Bashing. Now don’t get all riled up…I think he’s kidding about the terrorists. Sort of.
I am not going to counter Shilcutt’s list with my own list of useful kitchen equipment this time — even though my own drawers are overlowing with them. Instead, I just want to point out that we are in the middle of a recession. If every American would just go out and buy an espresso machine, or a three-speed blender, or an Oxo wine opener, we might jumpstart this recovery.
And if Americans ever stop wasting their money on marginally useful but amusing kitchen gadgets, the terrorists will have won.