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I’m really thrilled with this book. Quite apart from the fact that it’s so beautiful to look at thanks to the fantastic team at the publishers, Kyle Cathie Ltd, and to the designer, Kitchen Living is new and different. It’s new and different because it is so much more than simply a decorating book (wonderful though these are). It is a book for a way of life. It embraces not only the way you want to arrange and decorate your kitchen, for many people the most important room in the home, but also the way you live your life here.

 Kitchen Living has a chapter of recipes, for example, each dish packed with flavour and colour as well as being very quick and easy to prepare. There’s also a chapter on small-scale gardening, because the ideal living kitchen has French windows opening onto a terrace or small garden with room for table and chairs in summer. This concept – a full-colour book of this quality that celebrates the whole lifestyle – is new, but I think that this is the start of something exciting… Homes & Gardens have already chosen Kitchen Living as one of the books you should read if you want to rethink your kitchen.

 The chapters in Kitchen Living are:

  • Planning and storage  
  • Decorating the kitchen
  • Tables and chairs
  • Finishing touches  
  • The table
  • The terrace  
  • Food and drink

At one point in the book’s development there was a much larger chapter on food and drink, including a section on cocktails (into which I and some friends poured many hours of research and invention). The publisher, however, felt that this chapter was simply taking up too much of the book which is, primarily a decorating book. I had to agree, but I’m sorry not to have been able to offer my readers more flavour-packed, quick-prepare dishes. Perhaps another time…

 

  

It was extremely difficult choosing a single spread to represent the content of Kitchen Living because the book covers so many different aspects of the kitchen and life lived there. There is a spread on The Natural Kitchen that I could have used, for example, and one on The Futuristic Kitchen. There are fabulous kitchens to dream about and budget kitchens packed with style. There are pages about appliances, flooring, work surfaces, lighting and wiring. Pages about kitchens large, medium and small. Pages about styles and colours, others about quickly changing the atmosphere from family study to dinner party sophistication in Quick Changes. Pages about Troubleshooting, about making the table beautiful for a party, about looking after real linen and crystal or stainless steel. Just about everything you could possibly want to know is, I hope, touched on in one place or another. I’ve drawn on my own experience of kitchen living as well as my aspirations. I want this to be a really useful book.  

In the end I chose this spread because the subject sums up one of the joys of today’s living kitchen – it can be as formal or as informal as you want, depending on your mood and the occasion. The living kitchen is versatile. It’s in tune with our modern lives. Whether or not you have a seating plan is up to you and the occasion. A plan or placement can be useful, however. It will help you ensure that your guests or a special person like an elderly relative sit where they will be most comfortable and have the best view of the table or the room, and that people sit next to neighbours that will suit them. If you decide to have a placement, this spread in Kitchen Living will help you get it right so that everyone is happy.