Your Friday French Fundamentals: Batterie de Cuisine

November 9th, 2012

bat·te·rie de cui·si·ne [batʀi də kwɪˈziːn]

The mix-up: A quick look at batterie de cuisine indicates the contents of a kitchen, leading many people to think of a series of sets (think 15-piece knife block or 7-piece cookware set).
Actual meaning: Designates the range of essential tools and utensils commonly used in a kitchen (think high quality Chef’s knife or cast-iron French oven).
Food for thought: The original batterie de cuisine consisted of copper pots and pans that had literally been battered into shape.
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