Sophisticated equipment in Italian kitchen? I have to say "yes". They start with pan, pot, knife, cutting board...to colander, meat mallet, grater, food mill...etc, that make me dizzy sometimes. As Chinese, wok is the tool be used most often, that is as perfect an all purpose cooking pot as exists, and has remained basically unchanged for thousands of years. Do not worry, here i just bring you to Essential Cooking Tools, that is as simple as Chinese wok.