Veronique and Thierry are French expats living in SoHo, Manhattan. Rather than following the 'when in Rome' protocol, they choose to cook and cook often in their relatively spacious, DIY kitchen.
Strangely enough, the kitchen in Vero and Thierry's small one-bedroom rental came with very little other than the stove. Because of their love of cooking at home, Vero and Thrierry knew they needed to embellish rather than work with what they had. Thanks to Ikea's inexpensive modular kitchens, they built a kitchen that is both beautiful and practical.
Veronique's Response to the Kitchn Survey:
What's your cooking style? European in general with a slight focus on Mediterranean.
What inspires your kitchen? The experience of cooking in itself inspires our kitchen. It is a place where we love to be and where we love to try new recipes and exchange thoughts about our day while cooking or dining. I guess the basic feeling that makes us feel so comfortable in this kitchen is the love we both have for food in general.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? I started making soups last year and I must say this soup blender I bought makes my day every time I use it. We also have a tiny rice cooker that is so cute and cooks rice perfectly.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Wait for the pan to be really hot before you put anything in it in order to sear the food and then lower the heat and cover to cook it slowly, thus avoiding it to overcook.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen: No dishwasher !!
Biggest indulgence: To be honest, the biggest indulgence in our kitchen is the food. We indulge in buying good and organic food even if it costs more. It's a way of congratulating and encouraging ourselves to cook rather than eat out or take out.
Dream tool or splurge: A "cocotte minute" (a pressure cooker) — it's a European cooker that doesn't exist here in the States and that that allows cooking in greater than atmospheric pressure and at a temperature above the boiling point of water.
What are you cooking this week? Porc filet mignon basquaise with oven roasted potatoes.
What cookbook has inspired you the most? My dad's and grandfather's recipes — which ended up in family cookbooks and Marmiton which is a French recipe website.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? A larded veal roti with sauteed French beans and mushrooms (entree). We had a raw zucchini salad to start with, amazing cheeses to follow and great wines paired with the entire meal.
Our kitchen furniture is partly Ikea and partly from restaurant equipment shops on Bowery. You can find amazing deals on custom-made items on the Bowery. In terms of cooking tools, we have Crate & Barrel pans that are great for the value, a few Cuisinart items as well as a few appliances we bought at K-mart (rice cooker, toaster). We basically shop at Bed Bath & Beyond, Sur La Table and K-Mart when it comes to the kitchen. But we also like small boutiques like Global Table on Sullivan street between Prince and Spring.
• Check out the rest of Veronique and Thierry's Home on Apartment Therapy.
• Kitchen Tour Archive: Check out past kitchen tours here
Images: Jill Slater