Originally Posted by Predator04
A garlic press is a unitasker, a kitchen tool that does only one thing. A tool that does only one thing is a waste of money and takes up space that could be used to store tools that do more than one thing.
Yes Im a Alton brown fan.
On the whole, I agree with this about uni-taskers (I'm an alton brown fan too!). I think it's an especially good guideline for small or storage-challenged kitchens.
I take a somewhat tempered approach to this, though. I consider size and the frequency with which I'll use a tool. If it's small and useful, and I'll use it often, I'm not so worried about it. The larger it is, the more I'll have to use it in order to buy it. But I do own some larger multi-taskers. A coffee maker, an ice cream maker, an air popper.
I think I lean more toward William Morris' approach:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”