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Behind the Kitchen Door: Melissa Clark's Family Kitchen

Video Length: 6:45
Produced by: Robyn Doyon-Aitken; Text, floor plan, and photos by Charles Miller, except where noted

Text by Charles Miller

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decided to embark on two ambitious domestic "projects" at once, to have their first child and remodel their cluttered, outdated brownstone kitchen, it seemed like a recipe for indigestion.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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