Ina has the best list in my opinion (and the best kitchen on the planet):
Here it is!
A GOOD SET OF SHARP KNIVES by Wüsthof, including a chef’s knife, a paring knife, a slicing knife, and a bread knife
ALL-CLAD POTS: small and large sauté pans, small and large lidded pots, and a large stockpot
ONE LARGE ALL-CLAD ROASTING PAN. You can make something small in a big one, but you can’t make something big in a small one.
One medium and one large LE CREUSET ROUND DUTCH OVEN
I cannot imagine not having my KITCHENAID MIXER K45
Ditto my CUISINART PRO CUSTOM 11 FOOD PROCESSOR, with its slightly bigger bowl
A set of STAINLESS-STEEL MIXING BOWLS (try a restaurant supply house). I also have a set of 10 clear glass bowls that you can get at Williams-Sonoma for about $38 — the best value in the world. ** WS white mixing bowls.
On the counter, I have a big pot of WOODEN SPOONS AND RUBBER SPATULAS
I have another pot with WHISKS AND MEASURING SPOONS. All available from a restaurant supply place — they shouldn’t be fancy.
A CHEF’S CHOICE ELECTRIC KNIFE SHARPENER
A BOOS BUTCHER BLOCK CUTTING BOARD
A MEAT THERMOMETER
For potholders, I use BLACK OVEN MITTS
A stack of HALF SHEET PANS. They’re about 13″ x 18″ each with a one-inch rim. I use them for roasting vegetables, baking cookies and brownies, and lots of other tasks.
OTHER IMPORTANT SUPPLIES FOR THE KITCHEN:
ten inch dinner plates
eight inch salad plates
8” dessert plate
flat soup plates
cups with saucers
small glass bowls for fruit or ice cream
large/round 14-16” rectangular platters
pitchers small for cream, medium for sauces/gravy, large for juice/water
salt and pepper in open dishes
attractive baking dishes
votive candle holders
Here is my condensed list:
white mixing bowls
half sheet pans
one all clad sauce pan
good set of knives