Apart from the bedroom, the kitchen is where us writers and foodies dwell in.

But with different tastes and styles, our essentials in the kitchen really vary, depending mostly on our preferences for food and in cooking. Let’s take a look at our must-have items in the kitchen – which you may not know you also needed.

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A Bread Maker – Kankanit Wichiantanon (Dining Writer)

Just like my site bio indicates, I’m a writer by day and a baker by night. But even a baker needs a cheat day. Yes, from-scratch sourdough gives this sort of pride and pleasure to any dedicated baker, but when the clock ticks 9 pm and the picture of freshly-baked bread tastes sweeter in your mind than anything else, the Automatic Bread Maker by Homemate (THB 4,990) is my big helper for a homemade bun. Just throw everything in and voila! The machine does the job in mixing, kneading, and baking the dough for me in just a breeze. By midnight, I’ll be having a carb-laden slice ready to be smeared with crunchy peanut butter. Heavenly.

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A Kettle by Smeg – Alisha Pawa (Culture Writer)

Alisha’s love for coffee is real – evidenced in her Coffee 101 article. But when the afternoon pick me up comes around, her coffee of choice is never the luxurious types. Coffee breaks often find her sipping on the 3 in 1 coffee blend on the sly, you know, the kind that’s rich in sugar but very low in caffeine. “It just hits all the right notes,” she said. Alisha, however, levels up her coffee o’clock with Smeg’s pink-blasted kettle (THB 8,200) inspired by the 50’s. It boasts this retro-style aesthetic and femininity as well as practicability in pink.

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A Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Making Machine – Lisa Gries (Managing Editor)

Lisa’s partner is an inner pasta geek. So to keep that noodle obsession fulfilled and her hunger satisfied, this cherry-red Pasta Machine by Marcato Atlas 150 (THB 3,455) was her move. Having it at home meant her pasta night gets extra oomph from the homemade egg-enriched noodle, which is always a good thing. This one single machine can make up to 13 pasta shapes, so it’s got you covered whether you need lasagna, fettuccine, or tagliolini.

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A Dolce & Gabbana X Smeg Toaster – Karn Chatikavanij (Style Writer)

For Karn, toast counts as her main food group. Being a writer and model of taste, a regular toaster just won’t do. That’s why her must-have item includes this kitchen appliance, a masterpiece through a collab of Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg. This ‘Sicily is my Love’ Toaster (THB 25,738) reflects the Sicilian folklore and culture the fashion brand is known for. But hey, what it does for her is more than just being an eye candy; it guarantees her an expertly toasted bread ready for smooch of thick raspberry jam.

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A Bread Maker – Kankanit Wichiantanon (Dining Writer)

When making feijoada (a Brazilian black bean stew) or gravy-soaked meatballs in a regular pot or pan, it just doesn’t give the depth and ring like when I cook them in this little gadget. The Pressure Cooker by Prestige (THB 6,500) is my sidekick in the kitchen. It just makes cooking fast and easy, simply just by putting all the ingredients together, walk away and let the machine do its thing. The pressure cooker keeps my food robust and vibrant in flavour since the moisture can’t escape anywhere else.

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Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.