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Cool Cooking Stuff

Sliced veggies with Portable Mandolin

Here are a few of our favorite things:

Green lemon squeezer

Easy-to-use lemon squeezer

Lemon Squeezer

Lemon juice is a wonderful ingredient, but who needs the seeds? This easy-to-use lemon squeezer, its design borrowed from the fresh juice vendors in Mexico, gets out all the juice wihout the mess. It retails for about $12 and is available at cooking stores like Sur La Tab

Portable Mandolin

If you want a kitchen gadget that will slice fruits and veggies quickly, you need a mandolin, like the one show above. You can buy a fancy one with multiple settings and blades for $100-200, but I’ve found this simple one made by Feemster costs about $10 and is quick and effective. The carbon blade stays sharp and just needs to be wiped dry after use. Available online at or at well-stocked kitchen stores.

Cover of Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi

Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi

Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi is a model who travels around the world. She’s also a woman who loves to eat. She’s gathered wonderful low-fat recipes from around the world–Spain, France, Italy, India, Asia and Morocco. This terrific cookbook is available online from Amazon

Cover of Chili Madness by Jane Butel

Chili Madness by Jane Butel

Chile Madness

by Jane Butel

The undisputed queen of New Mexican cooking, Jane Butel brings an amazing selection of recipes for bowls of the hot stuff. For a complete review, check out Real Reviews. Buy this cookbook from Amazon or directly from Jane at

Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at