1. Pots & pans: a stainless steel frying pan for cooking eggs, a saucepan with a lid for cooking grains, vegetables, and sauces, and a cast-iron skillet for everything else.
2. Well sharpened chef’s knife
3. Cutting board
4. Food storage containers: chances are you’re making some meals in bulk for lunch or dinner the next day, especially if you’re on a budget. I made the switch from plastic to glass, and use a combination of rectangular glass nesting containers and old food jars.
5. Wooden spoons
6. Mixing bowls: you don’t need a complete set to start. I have 2 (small and large), and they’ve worked out well so far. Opt for stainless steel or glass if possible – plastic is not as sturdy.
7. Colander
8. Can opener
9. Toaster oven: it’s the first appliance I bought, and it’s great for cooking and reheating meals, especially when you’re cooking for one.
10. French press: a morning cup of coffee is very necessary in my apartment!