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Thousands of Home Cooks Helped Design These Stylish Kitchen Essentials—and They're on Sale at Nordstrom

Food & Wine logo Food & Wine 11/26/2021 Jonathan Bender
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Some might find it odd to admit you love a cutting board, but frequent home cooks know that it's an essential tool for any kind of kitchen prep. Inexpensive plastic boards are gouged too easily by sharp knives, while big butcher boards are nice until you're slicing steak and a river of juice runs onto your countertop. I'm delighted to have found the happy medium.

I've had a lot of cutting boards in my life, but last Christmas I received the Five Two by Food52 cutting board from my family. And, like Goldilocks, I've never looked back. The bamboo board is built for prepping vegetables and meat. Even better news, right now Nordstrom is having a sale on the Five Two by Food 52 cutting board, along with other kitchen essentials. You can score the cutting board for $40 (originally $59)

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To buy: Five Two by Food52 Cutting Board, $40 (originally $59) at

I'll tell you something else about this kitchen board—it's easy to clean. I grab a Swedish dishcloth (paper towels work, too) and simply wipe it down with warm, soap water. I just make sure to thoroughly dry it before putting it away. The flat prep side has a small cut-out that holds my phone, and the other side has grooves and a small niche for pouring off liquid, so those steak drippings can be caught and reduced in a sauce. 

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Blending style and performance is the idea behind the Five Two line, a crowd-tested set of kitchen products that have been workshopped with home cooks. With a 30% discount, Nordstrom currently has the lowest prices on more than two dozen kitchen products from Food52. We combed through the sale to find the kitchen essentials you should scoop up. 

The right cutting board needs a good sidekick and that means taking a closer look at the knives you're using to prep meals. This stylish paring knife ($33, originally $49) surgically slices peppers and peels apples with a Japanese steel blade. Get to the business of chopping nuts or turning a chicken breast into tenders with the essential chef's knife, which is under $50

The Five Two line has a host of silicone products for good reason. They're dishwasher- and microwave-safe, while also being sturdy and lightweight. The 5-pack of silicone utensils ($33, originally $49) won't scratch your nonstick cookware and can handle everything from tasting pasta sauce to scraping pancake batter out of bowls. 

You can save your leftover chili or keep rice warm with the five-pack of silicone lids ($33, originally $49) that have an easy-grip handle and save you from having to use finicky plastic wrap. Once you're done cooking, leave your utensils and lids to dry on the silicone drying rack ($30, originally $45) that sits firmly over your sink. 

The Five Two line of kitchen products is rarely on sale. And with Nordstrom offering the biggest discount right now, you should pounce on these Black Friday deals

Related: You Can Finally Shop Food 52's Kitchen Essentials Line at Nordstrom

Bamboo Cutting Board

To buy: $40 (originally $59) at

cutting board © Provided by Food & Wine cutting board

Essential Paring Knife

To buy: $33 (originally $49) at

knife © Provided by Food & Wine knife

Essential Chef's Knife

To buy: $47 (originally $69) at

knife © Provided by Food & Wine knife

5-Pack Silicone Utensils

To buy: $33 (originally $49) at

cooking utensils © Provided by Food & Wine cooking utensils

5-Pack Silicone Lids

To buy: $27 (originally $40) at

silicone lids © Provided by Food & Wine silicone lids

Over The Sink Drying Rack

To buy: $30 (originally $45) at

drying rack © Provided by Food & Wine drying rack

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