Bare bones, and I mean bare bones as in I am just getting started bare bones: knives, cutting boards, measuring cups and spoons, big bowls (at least one that is the biggest one you can find, I like white plastic – they are light and you can see everything that is in there, a quality plastic will not stain), strainer, peeler, hand citrus juicer, ginger grater, steamer, food processor/blender. The blender/foodprocessor combo is where you spend your money, don’t waste money on cheap. This tool will allow you to make some really delicious dishes that will help bring you into the raw diet. Still have some money and looking for nutrition? Go next for a very expensive juicer. I quickly burnt the motor out on two cheapos. It is a terrible smell and disappointment. Get a juicer when you can if nutrition is still higher on the list than fancy dehydrated treats. Then the dehydrator, people love the non stick of teflex shelves, I prefer the stainless steel of the Sausagemaker model 5. Why because what is teflex made of anyway? Apparently one use is as a disinfectant. Google it that is the first thing you see, second is the famous excaliber dehydrator. I prefer steel it has stood the test of time get the Sausagmaker 5 if you are ready to make some fun and fancy food (the least damaged possible using dry heat), especially crackers, that take ~12 hours on low heat to bake.