Michael Chiarello: Polyscience Smoking Gun

Michael Chiarello, Bottega (Yountville, CA)

Chiarello recommends this tool for home cooks without a smoker to inject aromatic, umami-rich flavor into anything from pasta flour to salad dressing.

Try this: Pump a pitcher full of smoke, then add vodka and stir. Use the infused spirit to make a martini. [$100; cuisinetechnology.com]