It's hot in the kitchen


The Mirror

The kitchen is more than a spot to store appliances and nuke a cold cup of coffee.

Okay, maybe that’s what it is for a lot of people in this fast-paced society where food has become solely sustenance despite attempts by food manufacturers to make it a feast.

It’s a duality in America. On one hand, there’s fast-food in all its incarnations and instant meals that require only water: Soup in a cup for those on the run. Ready to go cookie dough that needs only a baking sheet and a 350-degree oven to become discs of sweet heaven.

On the other end of the continuum, there are cooking shows, cooking magazines, domestic divas, culinary wizards and fancy kitchen gadgets made of steel and sleek lines with the look they could beat a sports car off the starting line –– or at least aid in preparing a feast for you and your neighbors within a three-block radius.

And at this time of year, with the holidays, it’s a good chance to take a look at the kitchen –– the heart of the home. What is this room in the house? How are people using it and adapting it to their lives?

The design: More than a sink and a stove

Nora Jaso and her business partner, Sean Ludviksen, have seen the kitchen become more than a place to make and eat food. It’s a social center and the hub of the home.

Everyone needs to eat, and there’s only one room in the house where that can be accomplished with satisfaction.

“The kitchen really becomes the place were they interact and entertain,” said Jaso.

Customers of the kitchen design firm Jaso Ludviksen tend to want beautiful but essential materials in their kitchens, she said.

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