Could You Live Without an Oven?

Could You Live Without an Oven?

Faith Durand
Apr 23, 2009

This kitchen corner with dining nook is one of our favorite tiny kitchen spaces from Small Cool 2009. The whole apartment is only 260 square feet! Ann, the owner, made some tradeoffs, though, when she remodeled her kitchen into this bright and pleasing space. She traded in her oven! Could you live without an oven?

Here's what Ann says about her new kitchen:

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:

Good Question: What Can I Bake Without An Oven?
Good Question: How To Roast Garlic Without an Oven
Good Eats: Oven-less Chocolate Cake
Good Question: Good Countertop Oven

(Images: Ann)

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