After living with a rolling cart and full-size fridge for more than a year, I hired the Kitchen Couple (found through Apartment Therapy) to renovate, and I'm utterly pleased with the outcome. Now I have an under-the-counter fridge, two burners, and a built-in microwave. No oven — I traded it for drawers. It's nice to finally have somewhere to put my forks!
We admire her renovation; it's a beautiful little kitchen corner. But we were curious about trading in the oven. There are so many things you can't cook! And yet many cuisines from around the world don't use ovens at all. Most Asian cooking — including Indian, Chinese, and Thai — doesn't really use the oven. Even "baked" dishes like biryani and rice pilafs are cooked in a covered dish on the stove.
What about you? Would the lack of an oven seriously set you back? Or could you happily live without it?
If you are indeed missing an oven, here are a few posts that talk about how to cook without it: