Steve, the reader who sent us this tip, says that the standard kitchen counter height is 36" in the United States, and this is a height that is ergonomically correct for a 5'4" to 5'5" cook. Bending over is painful and not healthy for really tall cooks, but even though about 40% of the adult male and 1.5% of the adult female population is over 5'10, there weren't any options other custom-built countertops (like Julia's). This obviously isn't practical for most tall cooks, so Steve and Colleen found a shop that could build small raised cutting boards for them. He says that they have been total successes for them both!
Colleen got one of the extra-tall chopping blocks from AWP. One comes in a six-inch tall edition, while the other (for really tall people!) has 13-inch risers.
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Are you extra tall? Would you like an extra-tall cutting board? I am extra-short, so I can't see myself using one of these — but I do identify with the sentiment! I'd love to lower my countertops!
(Images: 6 Foot Six; AWP)