Sometimes the best finds in life are classic pieces from another era and there is no better example than the Kobenstyle collection of cookware from Dansk. Bright bold colors, graceful lines and natural wood accents make them stand out, even from today’s trendier and hugely over-priced Le Creuset line. Back in 1956, Danish designer Jens Quistgaard debuted the collection of enameled cookware, which were functional and visually attractive and able to be brought directly from the kitchen to the table, with the lid serving as its own trivet – a nifty innovation at the time. Today you can find individual items listed on eBay and there is quite a market and loyal following. If your collection of pots and pans resembles a salvage yard, time for a update: look for pieces with little to no chipping on the enamel and a white and clean interior. A large pot will go between $50-$100, with the occasional fanatic driving the price higher. My first piece was a beautiful orange dutch oven purchased at a flea market in Maine, and as I added items I focused on red, a great kitchen color and also more easily available. Dansk Kobenstyle Cookware from Jen Quistgaard, circa 1956, available at eBay. Here’s a pic of my collection, up to 11 pieces, with the smaller pots with wooden handles favorites:

And remember, during the holidays you should spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen, even if it’s just mixing up great cocktails, or being a gentleman and loading the dishwasher. Chip in, nothing is worse than a family member or guest who arrives expecting to be served, watch sports and pass out. You don’t need to be Tyler Florence and unveil a Sonoma citrus, truffle, fennel stuffing – just be involved. And if you like to cook, that much the better – this is the best holiday of the year.


Category: Eat/Drink, Home.

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