The apartment building, replete with a low ceilinged, winding wooden staircase, hails from the mid 19th century and is located in Montmartre, just below the Sacre Cour. A year ago, when he bought it, the apartment was in such bad shape that he wouldn't invite anyone over. After a very efficient and low budget renovation — with a fine eye and a lot of help from Ikea — it's a minimalist's paradise.
It has all the appliances, counter space, and potential for great meals as that of a larger kitchen — achieving these universal kitchen goals with less.
A lesson to all. Small is no excuse for eating out or not cooking. Last week, in this two-burner convection stove top, toaster oven laden kitchen, I prepared three whole poached trout, sauteed white asparagus and a large green salad for four without even a murmur of inconvenience!
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(Images: Jill Slater, Jessica Helfand, Malcolm Helfand)