Objects Of Design #30: Pestle And Mortar

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series

There are whole chatlines of debate on what is the best material for a pestle and mortar and of course, everyone has their favourites but there a consensus around granite so that is what I am featuring there. Wood is too soft, marble can be too smooth so the ingredients – coriander seeds for example – will just bounce away. The most popular is molcajete or lava rock but this can be fiendishly expensive and hard to get hold of unless you’re in the US. So then, the next best thing is granite. Might as well buy the biggest one you can afford. £28.50 for the large one

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.