A large cutting board is a must. I've found that a two sided board, one side that is flat and one side with a groove around the edges. Believe it or not, that groove is a life saver. Catching all the juices that flow from whatever juicy ingredient you are cutting up. Saves on the clean up, protects your counters. One of those simple life hacks, I had no idea was necessary until put to full use in my kitchen. I've heard that bamboo is easier on your knives, plus they tend to be quite beautiful. The cutting boards that fit over your kitchen or oven, great space saver! Plus easy for clean up when sitting over your sink.