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An Inviting, Hard-Working Kitchen

Fine Cooking Issue 53
Photos: Amy Albert
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Anne Otterson, a passionate home cook from La Jolla, California, had convenience at the top of her list when she designed her friendly, functional kitchen. “Everything is right where I need it,” she says. “I can even pull open drawers with my foot when I’m at the stove, if I have to.”

She probably doesn’t have to. Besides being an accomplished cook, Anne is an architecture enthusiast with a keen eye for scale, plan, and line. A set-in knife block is directly adjacent to-the workspace she uses most often. A pot rack is directly above the work island and appropriately proportioned. Clever details abound.

And the kitchen is filled with light; it’s an inviting place to be, with a back door that leads directly to Anne’s herb garden. “I wanted to make sure that the passageways in and out of the kitchen were clear,” she adds, “and that the windows would make the most of the outdoors.”

A bulletin board doubles as a cabinet door…
…concealing shelves just deep enough for wineglasses
Vertical undercounter dividers provide a neat home for muffin tins, tart pans, and baking sheets.
Refrigerator and freezer stand side by side, just an arm’s reach from the countertop.
Cutaway shelves and good lighting ensure that pantry items are easy to see and to-reach.
This mixer has a permanent abode: a shelf that swings down, to be easily tucked away in its own cabinet when not in use.
A cramped space became useful storage when Anne turned a china closet into a wine cellar.


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