If it’s good enough for the Barefoot Contessa, it’s good enough for me.

Jaime Milan
September 14, 2020
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I think a lot of people tend to overcomplicate cooking at home. I’m typically not a fan of trendy kitchen gadgets (though I do love making 3-ingredient donuts in my air fryer), and I don’t think you need to clutter your space with useless tools like avocado pitters or banana slicers. But one thing I think every home cook should splurge on is a really good knife. And recently I learned that Ina Garten and I share the same favorite knife: Wüsthof's Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife (Buy it: $160, Williams Sonoma).

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While I realize that $160 is a lot to spend on a knife, I use mine every single day so it’s well worth the price. It’s sturdy but light, and glides through food with ease (even notoriously awkward-to-cut produce like squash and pineapple). Not to mention, it’s made of high-carbon steel, so it resists stains and corrosion, and is full tang (translation: it has amazing balance, control, precision and durability).

I could wax poetic about this knife, and apparently Ina also shares my feelings. She explained to The Kitchn why the Wüsthof 8-inch Classic Chef’s Knife is her favorite: “They’re pretty expensive, but they last a lifetime.” She recommends asking for one as a gift or buying just one knife at a time (as opposed to the whole line of Wüsthof knives, which can be pricey).

With the holidays right around the corner, Ina is definitely on to something here. And the good news? If you don’t want to spend $160, Wüsthof offers a “Gourmet” line of knives, which is a little less expensive but still great. Their 8-inch Gourmet Chef’s Knife is just $90—almost half the price of the Classic, but you still get the Wüsthof craftsman quality. It’s also worth shopping holiday sales at Williams Sonoma or using your 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond to save even more money (just sign up for their emails to get one sent to you). Happy chopping!

Jaime Milan is EatingWell’s digital editor for all things newsy and trending. She’s always on the hunt for the latest and greatest things to share with EatingWell’s readers. In her spare time, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen, tackling home projects with her husband or taking pics of her very photogenic American Eskimo Dog, Grits. Follow her on Instagram at @jaimemmilan