Organic Chef Anna Getty Explains Her Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

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Anna Getty is an organic chef, writer, green living expert. As the eponymous author of Anna Getty's Easy Green Organic, she nows how to setup and operate a clean, eco-friendly, kitchen—both in a restaurant and in the average home. Here, Getty offers her kitchen essentials for the eco-friendly home.

Organic Chef Anna Getty's Top 10 Kitchen Picks

1. Drink Well

I am a huge proponent of having a water filter of some kind in your home. This counter top water filter Ovopur by Aquaovo (which means water egg), is shaped like an egg and is both functional and high design. Looks fantastic on just about any surface.

2. Au Natural

I stopped using plastic cooking spoons years ago and love my bamboo spoons and spatulas by Bambuhome.

3. Bring on the Heat

Non-stick pans may be convenient, but boy can they be toxic. There are more varieties available now than ever that are both efficient and not harmful to your health. The Original GreenPan is my favorite and uses Thermalon, a non-toxic coated ceramic surface. No scraping away scrambled eggs off this pan.

4. Refills please!

At home I like my kids to drink out of stainless steel tumblers. They are non-breakable and non-toxic.

5. Serve in Style

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles, Cube, serves its cheese on little slate boards with the names of the cheese written in chalk. Go reclaimed with slate and serve up cheese the ecofabulous way.

6. Keep it Clean

Les Indiennes makes beautiful Fair Trade Indian block-printed linens. I recently picked up 20 of these Petit Elephant napkins in French Grey for outdoor summer dinners.

7. Shop Smart

I am obsessed with my Chico shopping bags because they fold into themselves and so I can always carry a bunch of them with me no matter where I am in the world. Lots of great colors too. Their rePete reusable shopping bags are made from 99% recycled materials and are machine washable.

8. See what's Inside

I love the old fashioned look of Germany's Weck glass storage containers. The bottles are also fun to serve lemonade out of during the upcoming warmer BBQ months.

9. Just a Pinch

I love salt, then again who doesn't. I love having all different types of salts in little serving bowls and these handmade, mini porcelain salt and pepper cellars with non-toxic glaze by Pigeon Toe Ceramics out of Portland Oregon are mini-works of art. I like the brass serving spoon too, sold separately.

10. Salt of the Earth

To that end, Big Tree Farms Balinese Hollow Pyramid Sea Salt is my absolute favorite salt. Coarse in grain and with a subtle taste they are the perfect artisanal finishing salt. Big Tree Farms, an ecologically sustainable business based out of Indonesia, supports the local farmers, artisans and ecology. Definitely a green company to support.

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