Stirring may be one of the most common kitchen tasks. Whether you're mixing together cake batter or combining the ingredients for Sunday afternoon chili, if you like to cook you can count on spending a lot of time stirring. And how much stirring can you really do without a spoon?
Plastic, silicone, stainless steel -- there are a lot of different types of kitchen spoons. But many chefs and seasoned cooks prefer the look, feel and function of wooden spoons to all the others. Why? First of all, they won't scratch nonstick surfaces when you stir, so you don't have to worry about ruining your nice pots and pans. They also don't conduct heat, which means you won't burn your hand when you grab them or your tongue when you use them to taste whatever delicious dish you're making. Another benefit is that they don't react with the acids in food and leave a metallic taste like a metal spoon might, so you're not endangering the taste of your food when you use them.
Of course some people simply like the old-world look wooden spoons bring to the kitchen, especially the look of a well-worn spoon after many years of use and many delicious meals cooked.