Published at Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 - 02:44:51 AM. Kitchen. By Albertina Carre.
In the days before electricity changed everything in our lives, family kitchens in modestly sized homes were large but simply appointed rooms. They contained a solid fuel heat source for cooking (a fireplace or a coal or wood stove) and a built–in sink, with or without running water. Everything else was a piece of furniture. The icebox was elegantly made of wood, as were the central dining/work table, cupboards, pie safes and pantries. The family kitchen was the central work/social place of the home too where family members, sometimes in the company of friends performed most domestic chores and socialized with each other.
Appliances in the kitchen have gone contemporary! Everything has been redesigned to make life–in–the–kitchen easier and more efficient. Exhaust fans under colorful hoods over the kitchen range remove the grime and dirt as well as unpleasant smoke and cooking odors. In the more modern kitchen, the old range–oven combination has been dis–placed by counter–top ranges and built–in ovens. Automatic devices practically make the kitchen run itself.
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