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18 Essentials To Kickstart Your Kitchen

From a collection of cookware to everyday condiments, here are all of the items you need to feel confident while cooking.

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A highly-styled and well-stocked kitchen doesn’t happen overnight. It requires patience in picking and choosing products that are both useful and spark joy. Certainly, you can’t go wrong with a curated collection of cookware from Potluck—co-founded by Glossier alum, Jessica Sheft-Ason—that comes without a steep price tag or over-the-top fuss. Other indispensable items for the home cook? Pieces like salad servers from Dinosaur Designs and an elevated colander from Ekobo put the ease in entertaining. So if you’re just getting your bearings behind the counter and you’re not quite sure where to start, no problem. From basics without the bells and whistles to essential condiments to always keep at hand, we’ve rounded up the best 18 female-founded products to help make your kitchen feel complete.



Corian & Stoneware Salt Cellar

Food52, $60

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Yield Design

Ceramic French Press

Need Supply Co., $120

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Large Cast Iron Mortar & Pestle

Food52, $40

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Recycled Bamboo Colander & Pour Bowl Set

Food52, $39

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Mud Australia

2 Cup Round Teapot

Shop Horne, $185

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Cookware Set

Cook Potluck, $160

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Hudson Wilder

Terrazzo Serving Board – Promo Code: THEHELM15

Hudson Wilder, $65

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Jenni Kayne

Linen Shop Apron – Promo Code: THEHELM15

Jenni Kayne, $85

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The Nue Co.

Plant Protein + Gut Food

Anthropologie, $70

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Judy Jackson Stoneware

Round Nesting Ramekins

Food52, $95

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Ferm Living

Outline Square Trivet

2Modern, $30

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Soy-Free Rainbow Starfetti – Promo code: THEHELM15

Supernatural Kitchen, $8

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Porcelain Round Tagine

Wayfair, $90

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Maple Syrup

Need Supply Co., $28

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Turmeric Tonic

Free People, $26

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Dinosaur Designs

Classic Stone Servers

Moda Operandi, $125

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Jennifer Fisher Kitchen

Universal Salt

Goop, $12

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Two handwoven half-boxy apron in grey and blue with brown pocket by SIN


Handwoven Half-Boxy Apron

Food52, $98

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