When Lauren and Kyle bought a 1910 fixer-upper in Seattle they quickly discovered that their new kitchen was the center of the house in more ways than one: It had 5 doorways! There was little efficiency in this old kitchen — it led everywhere else, but had no anchor. Now, after much hard work and a full kitchen remodel, these two architects have one of the most efficient, warm spaces we've ever featured at The Kitchn. Come see the kitchen before and after its big transform!
Shan is an amazing traveler and cook. Her recipes and wares are eclectic as the locales she's visited — Niger, Mexico, India, Turkey, France, Indonesia — the list is long and fabulous! Every place she visits informs her cooking and culinary perspective.
Anne Zimmerman and her then fiance (and now brand new husband!) had been living in their San Francisco apartment for only a few months when I stopped by for a visit. And what a busy few months it had been: the release of Anne's book An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, a marriage proposal and subsequent wedding plans, the setting up of a new home, and lots and lots of travel.
Yet Anne, like her kitchen, was calm and ordered and practical but not without humor and a touch of whimsy.
What gives a kitchen soul? What makes it look like a place you'd like to hang out in, spend some time stirring up a sauce or a batch of homemade bread? We show you all kinds of amazing, expensive kitchens here — like Piper's Dream-to-Reality Kitchen, from earlier this week — but we also love to celebrate the smaller, more modest places that many of us call home. Rental kitchens, even, like this cozy, soulful space where reader Jessica cooks. See how she used artwork and a few homey touches to turn this little space into the heart of her home.
Piper Davis, a celebrated baker, business owner and cookbook author, recently had the opportunity to build the open, rustic kitchen she always dreamed of. In it she cooks everyday meals of local greens, grains and sustainably-raised meats as well as the most astounding biscuits, "jammers." I was lucky enough to spend time with Piper in this unique kitchen and sample those unbelievable biscuits.
If you have ever visited Vancouver, you were probably directed to Vij's — a splendid Indian restaurant run by Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala. The restaurant has garnered swooning praise over the years for its sexy, dim-lit interior, its fragrant and fresh interpretation of classic Indian dishes, and its innovative integration of wine and cocktails with the menu.
Well, last week I was in Vancouver, and Vikram Vij himself welcomed me into this kitchen. I got to peek into his home kitchen and see how not one but two trained chefs cook at home! Come see how they marry a warm, homestyle kitchen with the efficiency of restaurant cooking.
When Ginnie and Janie invited me over for an afternoon visit, I knew I would be in for a treat. These two women are artists turned sustainable-house paint creators, so their color palette and remodel vision was sure to dazzle. And dazzled I was, by their laughter and warm kitchen!
Marsha and Javier met on a Greyhound bus, each en route to respective Thanksgiving festivities. Now they've merged their lives along with their belongings in one New York City apartment. They've combined households, hobbies, and skill sets — but, they confess, neither of them had a history of slaving away at the stove.
Fortunately their excitement and love for one another in this new relationship has created a fresh exuberance in the kitchen, which they renovated to help launch them into a new life of domesticity and good home cooking — together.
Come peek into their little city kitchen, watch them whip up a batch of cornbread, and see my own favorite element of their kitchen: A cozy reading nook, complete with books and art.
This is my petite kitchen. After stepping into one dream kitchen after another in my work for this site, coming home to my tiny space can induce long sighs. What I've learned over time though is no matter how glam or un-glam your kitchen is, it's the magic and creativity that goes on inside the kitchen that counts. And one day, I will thank my lucky stars for not having to use my floor as a work surface due to lack of counter space. Until then, join me for a tour!