If you and your S.O. are avid home cooks and your kitchen is already well stocked with the usual must-haves, your wedding registry is an opportunity to indulge. Sure, you may not be professional chefs, but if you're really passionate about cooking, it doesn't hurt to have a few restaurant-worthy tools in your arsenal. Here, eight picks you'll want to register for ASAP.
Himalayan Salt Block
Wow guests at your next dinner party by preparing your meal on this stunning hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt. Perfect for cooking thin cuts of meat and shellfish or serving sushi, cheese and other chilled apps, the salt block adds a subtle flavor to any food you put on it. (Himalayan salt block, $40, Bitterman's available Sur la Table)
Cast Iron Skillet
Whether you're searing a steak, frying chicken or baking up a giant chocolate chip cookie, this multitasking marvel is incredibly handy to have around. Bonus: Cast iron skillets only get better with age. (Signature 10" cerise red skillet, $160, Le Creuset available at Crate & Barrel)
Quality Knife Set
No gourmet kitchen is complete without a sturdy knife set, and this one from Wüsthof contains all of the essentials (including a chef's knife, bread knife and pairing and steak knives) plus handy kitchen shears, too. (18-piece block set, $300, Wüsthof Gourmet available at Sur la Table)
Keep your top-notch knives in excellent shape by pairing them with a quality cutting board. Food52's end grain board is resistant to moisture and environmentally friendly since it's made from wood leftover from making furniture. (End grain cutting board, $100, Proteak available at Food52)
Sous Vide Machine
If you enjoy experimenting with unique cooking processes, add a sous vide machine to your wish list. Attach the compact gadget to any pot of boiling water to create a water bath that cooks food (think poached eggs, fish fillets and chicken breasts) slowly and gently to lock it flavor and moisture. (Sous vide machine, $200, Sansaire available at Williams-Sonoma)
Marble Pastry Slab
When rolling out butter-laden dough — for things like pie, cookies, and biscuits — your surface needs to be cold. This gorgeous marble board stays cooler than room temperature so your dough will remain firm throughout the shaping process. ("French Kitchen" marble pastry slab, $50, Crate & Barrel)
Mortar and Pestle
Forgo the food processor and instead use a mortar and pestle to whip up your favorite pesto, chutney, or guacamole recipe. Trust us: Crushing your herbs releases much more flavor than slicing them with a blade. This Japanese version also has grooves that are helpful when grinding nuts and seeds. (Japanese mortar and pestle, $28-$36, Food52)
If you'd rather fill your registry with experiences instead of items, add a local cooking class to your list. Not only will you learn a few new culinary skills to add to your repertoire but it's also an excellent bonding activity for you and your partner.