Thursday, January 26, 2012
Open Shelving and Hippy Kitchens
Today I had my first stint of my once-a-week baking for our local cafe. The owner, Wendy, is a passionate woman, dedicated to building a restaurant that is not only sustainable but also a gathering place for the communitiy. It is a place where connections are made and friendships forged and all over good food and beer.
I laugh that this is almost my first post college job, other than grading papers part-time and doing and learning all the million jobs that come with homemaking, real homemaking that is, not of the cocktail and cigarette variety. The best part was getting to use the restaurant kitchen which is full of what every real homemaker needs or at least acsess to. Most most middle class modern kitchens are made to keep things behind cupboard doors so you don't use them and honestly, ovens are for cooking freezer pizzas.
After being in the cafe kitchen tonight I was reminded why open shelving was one of my favorite patterns in Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language. It is so much more accommodating to the cook to have everything within sight and easy reach. Who wants to go pawing behind a door of a dark too deep cabinet?
Anyway, as we are renting for the time being I will just have to make do. At least I can console myself with the wonderful collection of hippy kitchens here.