It's pretty much stupid to show up at a gunfight with a squirtgun, so if you're going to wander onto the kitchen battlefield, you'll want to be well armed.
Now, there are plenty of real nice cooking gizmos and gadgets you can buy, and don't let me stop you. But the truth is, you don't need a chainsaw to build a bookshelf. Or, if you do, just don't expect the wife and kids to jump up and down with admiration and move the results into the living room.
The Dad's! way is keep it simple, just what we need. Besides, nobody's offering me any commission for selling high tech pots and cuisi-whatevers.
My top recommendations for men are essential tools and things you will really use to put food on the table, with the least fuss and resistance.
I start with some basics that don't take a lot of skill, have big payback with the kids, and will keep you out of trouble. Warning: you may get some snickers, snide remarks and ROFLMAO's at first, but trust me on this, these are keepers.