Infographic of the Day: A Complete Guide to Your Kitchen Tools

Pop Chart Lab gives us a taste of the many, many tools of the chef’s trade.

Infographic of the Day: A Complete Guide to Your Kitchen Tools

Nowadays, everyone’s a chef, what with the surfeit of cooking shows and a Williams-Sonoma in every last mall in America. But do you really know your way around the kitchen? Can you identify a rotary grater, say? Or a mandoline? How about a spider? (Hint: It does not have eight legs.)

This handy poster, by Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab, tests your culinary expertise. It organizes a mind-boggling range of cooking utensils into a single, digestible flow chart. Tools are arranged by function, then broken up into sub-categories (slicers, presses, spoons, etc.). Graphic icons give each tool a simple visual identity. The chart, in full:

What’s impressive here isn’t the presence of exotic kitchen implements — a spider, for the record, is a type of strainer — it’s the sheer amount of gear out there. And the poster doesn’t even begin to cover pots and bakeware. It’s enough to make a culinary neophyte long for the pre-historic days of flint wedges and goat-horn spoons. Does Williams-Sonoma sell those, too?

Buy the poster on pre-order for $20 here. And for more excellent infographics by Pop Chart Lab, go here and here.

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.