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Behind the Kitchen Door: Melissa Clark’s Family Kitchen

Robyn Doyon-Aitken; Text, floor plan, and photos by Charles Miller, except where noted
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Question: What do corn muffins, hummus, and honey lemonade have in common? Answer: Food writer Melissa Clark’s 4-year-old daughter, Dahlia, can teach you how to make all of them. That’s because Melissa, Dahlia, and Melissa’s husband, Daniel, love to cook and eat together in their renovated Brooklyn kitchen, which was designed with Melissa’s job and her family’s favorite activity in mind.

Melissa is a food industry veteran, with stints as a restaurant cook and a caterer, but she’s most well known for her New York Times column, A Good Appetite, and the long list of cookbooks to her name (34 to date), many written with New York City’s most celebrated chefs.

So, about four years ago, when Melissa and Daniel decided to embark on two ambitious domestic “projects” at once, to have their first child and remodel their cluttered, outdated brownstone kitchen, it seemed like a recipe for indigestion. But both the kitchen and daughter Dahlia are all that they hoped for.

In this Behind the Kitchen Door tour, Melissa shares her space and details the design elements that make her kitchen a constantly-inspiring, well-organized hub where work and family marry beautifully.


Leave a coment on Melissa’s Must-Have Kitchenware Giveaway Post for your chance to win Melissa’s (and Dahlia’s!) favorite kitchen items worth more than $480, including a Breville blender and a pair of sweet handmade mugs.


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  • Bearwoo | 05/08/2013

    Quite a beautiful kitchen! Everything is just perfect without pretentious. Thank you for letting have a look at your well designed kitchen.

  • KDFA | 05/07/2013

    Beautiful, inspirational design! And now, I am off to Ikea, in search of that cool fold up dish rack. In the past ten years, more and more talented designers are taking up the task of designing kitchen nd home items that support both function and aesthetics. What a lovely boon to us consumers and home cooks!
    Thanks for sharing...

  • fiamike | 04/30/2013

    Melissa, your kitchen reminds me of how much you can do in a fairly limited space. You and David found ways to accommodate so many cool features that are usually only found in much larger kitchens. The pull out pantry drawers were unexpected and very functional. The curve theme is incorporated all through the space. Your surface choices blended wonderfully with the cabinets and tile. I also liked the overarching desire to keep the kitchen light and cheerful. Congrats on a terrific remodel!

  • sfahrbach | 03/06/2013

    Super sleek and airy--just beautiful! I'm curious how many square feet the kitchen is? And I love the fold-up dish drying rack!

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