The French Pottery I’ve Spent 30 Years Collecting

An object is often worth more than its material form. It can bring with it cultural echoes, family history, and personal memory. In The Things We Treasure, writers tell us about their most priceless possessions—and the irreplaceable stories behind them…

An object is often worth more than its material form. It can bring with it cultural echoes, family history, and personal memory. In The Things We Treasure, writers tell us about their most priceless possessions—and the irreplaceable stories behind them.


I grew up in the Baby Boom years. As my parents ascended from working class to middle class, I noticed (even as a child) that there were things they acquired that were often meant to be used. They had “fancy” dishes that only saw the light of day at Thanksgiving, table linens too pristine to ever be served on, and rooms that were deemed suitable only when we had company (even though we rarely had any).

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The Best Things We Bought for Our Homes This Year

A few weeks into the lockdown in Spring—after the initial feeling of it being an involuntary staycation wore off—everything began to feel wrong about my home. That is to say, little felt right. Not the color of the walls, the material of the countertop…

A few weeks into the lockdown in Spring—after the initial feeling of it being an involuntary staycation wore off—everything began to feel wrong about my home. That is to say, little felt right. Not the color of the walls, the material of the countertops, the firmness of the mattress, or the style of the cabinet pulls. As our indoors became our entire worlds, these worlds (like the one on the outside) were showing cracks.

I rushed to buy new hallway ceiling lights (too small). I spent days torn between a cold-press and centrifugal juicer (bought a second blender, instead). Found five different pasta rollers I "most definitely needed" (I didn’t). Bought doormats and pillows and an antique mirror that fell and shattered a week later. I ended up with a drawer-full of cabinet pull samples and a paper folder exploding with wallpaper swatches.

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What Does Your Mug Type Say About You?

Ever wondered why every mug on the BYO-mug shelf at your office (remember that place?) looked so different from the others? Why your pink collapsible carry-as-you-go sat next to an enamel camping mug, which in turn rubbed rims with a hand-painted asymm…

Ever wondered why every mug on the BYO-mug shelf at your office (remember that place?) looked so different from the others? Why your pink collapsible carry-as-you-go sat next to an enamel camping mug, which in turn rubbed rims with a hand-painted asymmetrical one... and so on.

Turns out it isn’t just what’s in our mugs (a very boozy hot chocolate for me at the moment, if I'm being honest) that speaks volumes of our tastes and preferences, it’s also what holds them that’s revealing. Because, no matter where you’re from or what you sip, it’s likely you have a favorite mug type. I know I have mine—chubby (but not too chubby that I can’t cradle it between my palms), a bold handle shape, often textured, always handmade.

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12 Petite Cookware Pieces That Bring Us *Big* Joy

Did you know our brains are actually hardwired to find small things cute? Scientists call it a “cuteness trigger” (a term that is pretty cute in and of itself), and we’re happy to know there’s a reason we regularly find ourselves fawning over teeny-tin…

Did you know our brains are actually hardwired to find small things cute? Scientists call it a “cuteness trigger” (a term that is pretty cute in and of itself), and we’re happy to know there’s a reason we regularly find ourselves fawning over teeny-tiny kitchen tools.

If you’re a sucker for all things small, there are a lot—and we mean a lot—of undersized cookware pieces you can add to your kitchen. The best part? They are just as functional as they are precious, so you can justify the purchase by putting your new mini cocottes to use as serving vessels at your next dinner party or impress your friends with their own personal butter warmer to go with their shellfish.

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This Food52 Maker Is Donating Masks to Those in Need—Here’s How You Can Help

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


I don’t get out very much anymore, for obvious reasons. However, on the recent occasions that I have dashed out to the deli or stepped out for a fix of sunshine, it’s been hard to miss the face covers people are increasingly opting to wear: surgical masks, home-sewn versions, even T-shirts reworked for the purpose. Until now I haven’t thought to wear one, trusting my social distancing and incessant hand-washing protocol to be enough.

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Your Most Requested Kitchen Tool Is Here

Lucky are those who have a dishwasher in their home to…clean their dishes. But even with this miracle appliance wedged under your kitchen counter, you likely find yourself washing your most beloved items (we see you, heirloom cast iron) by hand anywa…


Lucky are those who have a dishwasher in their home to…clean their dishes. But even with this miracle appliance wedged under your kitchen counter, you likely find yourself washing your most beloved items (we see you, heirloom cast iron) by hand anyway, and certainly you’ve had the urge to scrub what didn’t make the cut, just sitting in the sink...amassing layers of gunk.

Suffice it to say: dishes have a way of stacking up faster than they seem to be used. There’s no way you used four different cups today, right? Right. Stress not! Five Two is here to remedy this inexplicable phenomenon.

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The Outdoor Bistro Set That Makes My Patio Feel Like a Paris Cafe

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

The…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


There’s a reason so many of us (me) aspire to a French style of living; it at once exudes effortlessness and careful attention to detail—the ultimate balance of practice and je ne sais quoi. I’ve always wanted to be that girl whose skin glows naturally, whose drugstore scent is deceptively enticing, and whose home looks stylishly un-styled. Instead, I lather on four creams at bedtime, spend rent money on expensive perfume, and agonize over the placement of books on a shelf.

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The Cookware That Wants to Make Your Life Much *Much* Easier

Cookware doesn’t get much better-looking than Hestan NanoBond. With clean, modern lines and a sleek silver finish, it’s easy to see that these pots and pans mean business. But, the collection’s appeal can quickly take an intimidating turn. One moment y…

Cookware doesn’t get much better-looking than Hestan NanoBond. With clean, modern lines and a sleek silver finish, it’s easy to see that these pots and pans mean business. But, the collection’s appeal can quickly take an intimidating turn. One moment you’re admiring its elegance, and the next you’re self-assessing, internally posing questions like, “Is my grimy stove top really worthy such beauty?” and—perhaps more pressingly—“Can I actually afford this?”

The truth is, the Hestan NanoBond cookware will make a dent in your pocket. With individual pieces like an 81/2-inch open skillet starting at $150, the price laps most well-made stainless steel cookware—which means that, if you’re like most home cooks out there, purchasing one of these will be a big investment. And if you’re going to invest in something, you ought to at least do your research first, right?

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The Essential Knives I Learned About From ‘Kitchen Confidential’

The late, great Anthony Bourdain became a household name at the turn of the millenium thanks to his memoir, Kitchen Confidential, which was published in 2000, and has been in print ever since. The collection of essays is famous for its strong opinions …

The late, great Anthony Bourdain became a household name at the turn of the millenium thanks to his memoir, Kitchen Confidential, which was published in 2000, and has been in print ever since. The collection of essays is famous for its strong opinions about everything from garlic (“Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.”) to vegetarians (“Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”). And, of course, knives.

Like many culinary authorities, Bourdain believed you don’t need a lot of knives to do a lot of cooking. His bare essentials included a chef’s knife, paring knife, offset serrated knife, and flexible boning knife. (And unless you’re breaking down animal parts on a regular basis, you can skip that last one and manage just fine.)

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These Do-It-All Glasses Take Up Half the Space

Close your eyes and picture your drinkware cabinet. What do you see? Teetering juice cups? Clunky mason jars? Branded pint glasses vying for the same space as 15+ sentimental mugs?

We know the feeling, which is why we’re over the moon to introduce our…

Close your eyes and picture your drinkware cabinet. What do you see? Teetering juice cups? Clunky mason jars? Branded pint glasses vying for the same space as 15+ sentimental mugs?

We know the feeling, which is why we’re over the moon to introduce our new Five Two glasses. They're here and they're on a mission to save space in cupboards the world over.

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