As a home cook, the kitchen is one of the most crucial rooms in my house. Rivaled only by a back yard big enough for a fire/pig/oyster-roasting pit, the right kitchen is easily the most important area of a house for me.
For the first time in a while, I’m house hunting – looking for the dwelling that will be my home for the next decade or so. And for the first time in a while, I have the chance to design my perfect kitchen.
Now that I have the opportunity, I’d like to hear from the home cooks about the features or appliances you couldn’t live without. If you were starting a kitchen from the ground up, what would make the kitchen “your kitchen?”
What would you do differently? Do you regret that pasta pot filler instead of the breakfast nook?? Is the double oven the most crucial part of your kitchen? Could you imagine cooking on an electric range?
Since we are playing “what if”, I think I’d opt for the countertop-as-cutting board. A friend in San Francisco ‘s counter top is nothing but worn cutting board. It is an easy twenty to thirty feet of thick wood, with slots all over for storing your collection of knives. Yes, it calls for more maintenance – a good cleaning and oiling every now and again – but the look adds a warmth to the kitchen and it is about as practical as it gets.
If you were designing your perfect kitchen NOW, what would be a must-have, and what would you skip?