My child delights in watching the Food Network almost as much as she takes pleasure in cartoons. She loves to pretend cook — offering me invisible eggs and cereal while saying, "I'm cookin' and eatin'!" If you've got the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay whipping up mini creations in your cucina, you might want to consider pampering them with their very own posh appliances.

Shelling out $879 for the entire Gourmet Kitchen Set from Pottery Barn Kids sounds a little nutty, especially during these uncertain economic times. However, the dark brown "woodwork" and the "stainless steel" trimming is enough to make me want it for my own! Parents who dread plastic toys may find this sleek enough for their modern day home. Besides that, if a set like this encourages my wee one to help me out around the kitchen, it may be worth the high ticket price in the end.