Another young kitchen tool in my artillery, the sous-vide is most impressive for its repurposing of an existing tool. It’s essentially just a coil water heater that has existed for years (and many third world countries use it to heat their buckets of water), but now with precision it can be used to slow-cook meats and other food items so that they heat through evenly for softness. There is no fancy accessories required, just a little bit of patience. The Anova’s console is also really good: there are just three buttons and one three-character screen that allows you to control a whole set of characteristics. The first time I used this, I felt like it was truly designed for awe.