Design Interior Design Big Things From Small Kitchens By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design For LifeEdited, Graham describes his needs in the kitchen: The kitchen should have an induction cook-top, a combination microwave/oven, a small fridge (could be a drawer fridge), a dishwasher, an espresso machine, a juicer, a smart system for storing non-perishable food, and a soda water maker. The kitchen should be hide-able. But how much kitchen do you really need? New York Times food writer Mark Bittman does more with less. Many people, including most people in big cities or small apartments, have really small kitchens and just can't accommodate much of anything besides the basic stove, sink, fridge and a few pots and pans. New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman develops and tests his recipes for his cookbooks and articles in a kitchen that is seven feet long and six feet wide, tiny by any standards. He writes in the Times about what he thinks is essential in a kitchen: Mark Bittman in kitchen; Photo Kelly Doe A young journalist called and asked what, after all, I considered essential in a modern kitchen? "A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons," I answered. "All else is optional." He writes that chefs, food writers, and grandmas know what counts in a kitchen: When it comes to kitchens, size and equipment don't count nearly as much as devotion, passion, common sense and, of course, experience. To pretend otherwise -- to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more on a kitchen before learning how to cook, as is sadly common -- is to fall into the same kind of silly consumerism that leads people to believe that an expensive gym membership will get them into shape or the right bed will improve their sex life. As runners run and writers write, cooks cook, under pretty much any circumstance.