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Classic Cookware For Everyday Use

Load Up On Sleek, Natural Cookware

Ceramic and wood kitchen gear that’s almost too beautiful for cooking.

Grind black peppercorns, sea salt, and even larger spices like cardamom with Menu’s ceramic and wood bottle grinders. $59 at Zinc Details; 1905 Fillmore St., 415-776-2100, zincdetails.com

Outer Sunset crafter Luke Bartels made this elegant, oversized chopping block from salvaged hardwood. $160 at General Store; 4035 Judah St., 415-682-0600, shop-generalstore.com

Hand-carved teak measuring spoons make for precise scooping when following recipes to a T. $19 at Pot+Pantry, 593 Guerrero St., 415-206-1134, potandpantry.com

Crack and crush with this glossy, generously sized white porcelain mortar and pestle by Mint. $38 at Propeller; 555 Hayes St., 415-501-9182, propellermodern.com

A vegetable oil finish brings out the richness in these slender, mixed-wood spoons for stirring and tasting. $38 for a six-piece set at The Curiosity Shoppe; 855 Valencia St., 415-671-5384, curiosityshoppeonline.com

Use Design House Stockholm’s delicate pick-up tongs, made of light plastic or wood, to sauté your ingredients and then arrange them artfully on the plate. $15-34 at Zinc Details; 1905 Fillmore St., 415-776-2100, zincdetails.com

A removable wood handle adds the finishing touch to a classic Finnish cast-iron casserole designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. $290 at Karikter; 418 Sutter St., 415-434-1120, karikter.com