You can get a lot into a tiny kitchen unit; Boffi has reintroduced the Compact Kitchen and I was surprised how much they show here. But do you need so much? Food writer Mark Bittman says that all you need really is "A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons, All else is optional." He doesn't think much of people who spend a fortune on fancy kitchens, and writes in the Times:
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.
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