Originally Posted by Andy M.
Right! I always felt like his show was an infomercial for woodworking tools.
I'm a golfer and an amateur photographer, and both hobbies can lead to GAS - Gear Acquisition Syndrome. It's a personal battle which I must take one day at a time, resisting the endless temptations to buy that one more piece of equipment that will shave a stroke off my handicap, or that $1500 lens which will suddenly make me the Ansel Adams of the digital age.
I see kitchen gadgets in the same vein. The ads tell me that if I buy their whatsit, it will make me the best home cook ever. I would be remiss if I try to live without it, and my kitchen isn't complete until I have it. If I buy it, I don't really have to know how to cook, just use this according to the instructions and I can skip that step about learning what cooking really is.
In all three pursuits, understanding the fundamentals is the key to unlocking some degree of success. If you create a good foundation, you can do a workmanlike job at any of them with basic equipment, but if one isn't careful, that can be an expensive lesson to learn.