Make food prep easier with a few of cookbook author Jess Thomson's favorite kitchen tools.

1. Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor – "I have the same Cuisinart food processor I got for my wedding 10 years ago, and it doesn’t look a day older than at my wedding shower," says Thomson. "It’s a worthwhile investment, especially if chopping hurts your joints. ($199,

2. Ovenproof pans – Calphalon’s contemporary nonstick 12-inch everyday pan is a really good multipurpose pan. The nonstick surface reduces painful scrubbing without sacrificing performance on the stove, even over high heat or in the oven. Double handles distribute the weight between two hands. ($80,

3. Joint-friendly Cork Pull – "Because they’re joint-friendly, OXO’s products are the workhorses of my kitchen," says Thomson. "When I can’t get someone else to open wine for me, I use an OXO Cork Pull – ironically, there’s no pulling involved." ($25,

4. Grocery totes – "Since my days as a private chef, I’ve depended on L.L. Bean’s large, long-handled Boat and Tote Bags for hauling groceries. Hoisting weight over my shoulder is always more comfortable than carrying it by hand – and I always get compliments on the style," adds Thomson. ($33,

5. Knives – OXO’s 8-inch Bread Knife is comfortable to hold and lightweight enough to make a serious carving job – think meat or bread – easy on the joints. ($10,

Jess Thomson is a freelance writer and cookbook author in Seattle. Her third cookbook, Dishing Up Washington: 150 Recipes That Capture Authentic Regional Flavors, is being released in November, 2012, by Storey Publishing.


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