Don't ever underestimate how small an apartment can be in Paris. This city is full of tiny homes with even tinier kitchens. So by comparison, Stephan with his 240 square feet is doing quite well for himself.
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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