Cultural Differences in Kitchens

Cultural Differences in Kitchens

Regina Yunghans
Jul 6, 2010

As we move into Escapes Month, our thoughts turn to far-away places and their foods. The differences between our foods, customs and climates can often manifest themselves in the kitchen. Let's take a look at a few "kitchen customs" that vary from our own.

  • Japan: An oven is not necessarily a standard feature in a small Japanese kitchen, as there is not much traditional Japanese food that is baked.
  • Finland: Drying racks built into the cabinetry would be a welcome special detail in our kitchen, but they're standard in some Scandinavian kitchens - we've seen them a lot in Finland.
  • South America: Plancha griddles are indoor flattop grills that originated in Spain and are now also used in South American countries and Cuba for many traditional dishes.

Have you visited another culture to find any surprises in the customary design of the kitchens in the area? Please let us know what differences you've experienced in the comments below.

Related: Kitchens from around the Globe

(Image: Flickr member Cam Switzer, licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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