Thumbing its nose at the notion that a watched pot never boils, the fully transparent Glass Pot by artist Massimo Castagna turns the act of cooking what's inside into a spectacle you can't shield your eyes from.
The eight-quart vessel is forged from flame-proof tempered glass, which allows you to actually cook with more precision than a standard opaque version, since you'll see exactly when pasta or veggies are done to perfection. Plus, unlike a traditional pot, the cooking area is entirely non-porous, so it won't impart any subtle metallic flavors that may have seeped in. Though that also means if anything tastes off, it's on you.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He makes a mean boiled water.