5 Clever, Efficient Ideas to Steal from a Cookbook Author’s Home Kitchen

When it comes to designing an efficient kitchen, cooking magazines would have us believe that professional kitchens are the place to look for ideas. But restaurant food can be too antiseptic, too chain-driven for home cooks. Instead, consider the chef’s home cooking. Time and time again we have seen that at home chefs have co-opted restaurant kitchen ideas to suit their own lifestyle, with smart, at-a-glance ways to store spices and taps. two-are-better-than. .

The same goes for Amy Thielen, cookbook author, writer and cookery host. Her kitchen – a newly built pine wood kitchen in Two Inlets, Minnesota – may look rustic, right next to an original one-room cabin that Amy’s husband, visual artist and sculptor Aaron Spangler, has built in 1995 (“by hand, literally, because we didn’t have electricity here,” Amy says). In 2008, the couple added running water and an indoor tub when they moved to the full-time cabin in New York City, but Amy was still filming her TV show, “Heartland Table,” in the small kitchen. ‘origin. Last year, they started an extension with a spacious new kitchen, clad in local Norwegian pine, completely designed by the couple and built by Spangler.

It is a fully equipped kitchen for professional use. “I wanted it to be functional for photoshoots, and large enough for hosting events and fundraisers, but still intimate enough for our little family life,” Amy says. And it had to work for entertainment (she’s working on her next cookbook, on this topic, for WW Norton). So, amid the open shelves and what Amy calls a “California-meets-Japan-meets-Scandinavia vibe,” the couple skillfully constructed a handful of design cues borrowed from Amy’s days in professional kitchens. The result is a rustic home kitchen that is secretly fully equipped for hosting parties of all kinds.

Here are five ideas Amy and Aaron have incorporated into their kitchens that are as attractive as they are super functional.

Photograph by Lacey Criswell of Hunt + Capture, edited by Alison Hoekstra.

1. Stove with flat surface

The cooking was done on a budget, but Amys' only folly was an Italian DeManincor wood stove.  & # 8
Above: The cooking was done on a budget, but Amys’ only folly was an Italian DeManincor wood stove. “It really is the home of the house,” she says.

“My grandmother and great-grandmother both cooked on a wood-burning stove, and when I was a line cook in New York City, I worked on a steel flat top,” says Amy. “I loved the choreography of the moving pots – so fluid. I have dreamed of having a wood-burning stove for years. The couple use it for heating as well as for cooking. “We light a fire in the stove every morning to warm the room and I feed it all day. I usually have a pot of something that cooks on the stovetop, just to use the heat, in the tradition of the bachelor’s “perpetual stew” of the bachelor in the woods – although mine usually contains beans or chicken broth. It might take a few years for me to master the art of feeding wood – birch against oak, small sticks against big – but I’m falling in love with this stove more and more day by day.

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