No-waste cooking doesn't require any specialized tools or fancy kitchen equipment. That being said, using up all your food may mean more cooking, and there are a few items that just make your life easier if you cook a lot. If you have the following, you can make anything on this site:
Basics: a good knife and cutting board, a skillet and a large pot, plus cooking spoons and spatulas.
Extra useful for saving food:
With the following items in stock, there is always something to eat in the house. Most of these foods will keep for a long time in the cupboard or the freezer. These ingredients are the bases for Hero Recipes that can use up just about any vegetable and many meats as well. More recipes coming soon!
I consider a neutral oil like canola or grapeseed, extra-virgin olive oil, and kosher salt to be essentials. Other useful items to have around: dried or canned beans, chickpeas and tomatoes are always good to have in stock for making stews, soups, or hearty salads. Lemons are great for brightness (don't forget to zest!) and aromatics like onions and garlic are pantry staples. Lastly, I always try to have flavor and texture boosters like anchovies, capers, olives, pickles and breadcrumbs in the house.