Here at Cookware Junkies, we love to cook and we do it all the time. There’s a little science to it, a bit of art, and a lot of hours in the kitchen.

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The simplest way to say it is we like to eat. Because of that we learned how to make food we like, and we like a lot of different stuff. Our group takes the best of our eating and cooking escapades and shares them with you. Sure, that can make it a bit rando at times, but like food, that is the spice of life. We like dining out, and we really like knowing how those places make what we like so we can cheat and make it at home ourselves. Some may call it piracy or such, we call it practical. Plus, if you don’t need to drive for the food you can pop a top or pour some wine while you putter in the kitchen.

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You also should know that we are kinda geeky sometimes. It is often said in the food biz that cooking is art and baking is science. There is absolutely truth there, but we do like to dig deeper and learn the science side of cooking, maybe some of the art of baking. Old school and contemporary processes, flavors and contrasts, textures and techniques; we want to know what really works and bring it to you. And our background really prepares us for this.

Family, Food, and Fun. Welcome to CookwareJunkies.com.

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Why we cook and tell...

We want to give you the roadmap to stay right at home, and still enjoy your favorite foods, when you want, hot and fresh. There seems to be more and more reasons to stop getting takeout these days. Whether it is finding healthier alternatives or watching the family budget, we all need to rethink some aspects of how we feed ourselves and our families. We are here to help, with ideas to share about the following fun approaches.

If there is an easier way that gets the same or better results, we want to know about it.

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Allen’s is the voice you will hear the most, and he comes by his cooking acumen honestly. From watching the cooking shows of the sixties as a youngling with his mom, to creating all the recipes for the menus in restaurants he owned, cooking has been a central part of life. With his family as well. From an older brother who was a credentialed Sommelier and the guy you saw cooking tableside, to his sister whose lifelong goal is to make a great orange chicken and crispy duck, they’re all into it and you may hear from them as well.

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In my regular life, I run a high school auditorium. There, I’ve got to keep track of the thousand details that make a production work. I bring that energy to our reviews here, and try to bring in the rigor and attention to detail that lets us separate the great gear from the pretty good. I’m also an avid trivia player who can boast about winning one day on Jeopardy! I’ve got a giant mental library of esoteric knowledge I can bring to the table to provide context to the food and equipment we try. 

Jeopardy Champ, theather major, and connoisseur of great foods

I'd like to think that being a critic means helping people to make the right decisions on what to invest their money and time into. Most of the time it feels like spending endless time finding small differences between mostly similar products. Nonetheless, I enjoy the process of each of our test days. We cook, make a mess, eat food and have a great time. I think back to my days a as a sous chef and spending my days in a commercial kitchen, I appreciate the fact that I can earn a living in kitchens that belong to myself or close friends of mine. Thank you for supporting everything we do here at Cookware Junkies by reading our reviews, purchasing products using our affiliate links and sharing our content with your friends and family. 


Jacob is really our geek in charge. Another family man, he is an aficionado of all things barbecue. And we primarily mean the real thing, low slow and smokey, barbecue that is as American grown as any cook style you can choose. Don’t misunderstand, he knows his way around an outdoor grill and the world of high temp fire flame and sizzle as well. And gadgets. He likes his toys for playing around in the kitchen (who doesn’t?!) and has done thorough testing to know which ones work best.

Jacob Cordero

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We hope you’ll find our reviews helpful when choosing cookware for your home.  Cookware Junkies is a collaborative comprised of several website ventures dating back to 2006, including cooktj.com, notakeout.com, and beyondedible.com. Our same team operates several food and drink-related websites, but you can count on this one for reviews of kitchenware ranging from high-tech smart thermometers to simple things like tea kettles and measuring spoons. Check out our home page for the latest reviews. 

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