The Kitchn Doctor Is In

I got me some Apartment Therapy!


  • J’aime ton appartement – c’est tres chic!
    I just finished reading Ripe For Dessert and The Great Book Of Chocolate. Your books are great; I want to make every single recipe in each one of them! :)

  • that is a nice setup.

    just how many spatulas do you have?!

  • Oh I’m loving the casserole dishes in the bookshelves. How creative can you get?!? Wow.

    That was a fun coup d’oeil at la vie de Daveed.

  • I don’t know how you turn out the works of genius that you do with that space. I shall stop whining about the size of our kitchen NOW.

    Paul rejoices.

  • Apartment Therapy is one of my favorite websites.

    The apartment I’m moving to in Rome is only 400 sq. feet (half the size of my L.A. apt.) w/a small kitchenette. I love to cook so I was worried about how I was going to fit my dishes, pots, pans etc.

    I really like how you put your small kitchen together. This has given me some ideas (and hope)

  • French Wine for Dummies?!!

    Great space, David. Really.

  • It’s all about the cookware. Three and a half years ago we spent the month of August in the apartment of dear friends on the Avenue de la Motte-Picquet with a Tour view; the kitchen was barely half the size of yours and yet we learned that we could cook anything so long as we had Christine’s aged yet beloved Le Creuset. We have carried that credo to the US and find beauty in tiny kitchens others would dismiss as unimpressive. With US kitchens, size DOESN’T matter, only the cooks do.

  • I am just wondering where do you take all those gorgeous photos on your blog?

  • Spring? 2009? I knew 2008 was going to suck!

  • Neat! Is that a new stove? Or is it the old one before the handle broke?

  • Danny: I have a lot. I often buy them on sale in the states. Le Creuset does ‘seasonal’ colors, and when that season is over, they discount them big-time. (I prowl the sale rack at Sur La Table stores for them.) I love those Le Creuset deep spatulas.

    Kitt: It is a new stove. There’s much more to the story, (…you don’t wanna know…) but I don’t feel the need to relive it! : )

    Arlene: Fear not, you get used to it. But I do recommend bringing some of your favorite measuring cups, spatulas, and most important, your Microplane zester. Those things are really expensive in Europe. Actually, you might want to pack a few—those graters make great gifts for Italians…

    Mandy: I take most of them in my front hall. I have a sheet of transparent paper over the window to diffuse the light. And sometimes I go out on the roof and take a few shots as well.

    Weather, and pigeons, permitting.

    Jessica: Yes, it’s not how much stuff you have, but the quality of it. People flip paying 100 bucks for a pan. But if it lasts you the rest of your life and works really well, it’s totally worth it.

    I think I must be the forth owner of that Loewy Le Creuset casserole, although I love the All Clad one, too.

  • Thanks for the tour, David. I like those casseroles!
    I will now stop bitching about my little kitchen in New York!

  • That old orange casserole is amazing! So is your spatula collection! That cozy little kitchen reminds me of my SF apartment. I think I’m getting homesick.. Thanks for the tour; I always wanted to take a peek.

  • This was very fun to see. Your creations seem doubly impressive now, as cooking must be a feat of acrobatics to keep from knocking over all that great stuff. Love the “spatula city” you have going on there, too.

  • Yay! I love your kitchen. And it is definitely inspiring that you can make awesome food in such a small place.

  • This was very cool to see on Apt Therapy yesterday. I love seeing how others who love to cook use and setup their kitchens, especially when faced with space constrictions, such as you have.

    While my kitchen is a bit larger, it’s a rental double galley but does the job though.

  • Your espresso maker is gorgeous!


  • Love the Knoll table! :)

  • The photo of the bookcase could have been in my house. I think I have 90% of the same books. Great ones!!!

    Thanks for sharing

  • Your apartment is exactly what I think of when I imagine a Parisian apartment. I’d take that small of a space in a place like Paris any day of the week.

  • I just love reading your blog! You are so witty. I can’t believe you make magic happen in that kitchen! I actually lived in a place with a smaller one than that, but I am no chef. We just moved to an 800 square feet place. It’s different with 2 kids too, but we’re loving city life.

  • I lived in a studio apartment for 3 years with a similar kitchen.
    Now I live in a 3 story house with a slightly bigger kitchen but not enough cupboard space to hold all of my stuff. I have 2 industrial wire shelves for that now. My country cousins don’t ‘get it”- but I too like having the things that I use often at easy reach.
    Whatever works for you, I always say.
    I really enjoy reading your blog by the way.

  • Hey David,

    Your freezer looks just like mine! My wife often harasses me about having so many batches of ice cream tucked away in there, but they almost always get eaten :-)

    Have you ever tried combining chocolate, coffee and bourbon in an ice cream? I noticed all of them in your kitchen. I came up with a recipe using all three (click here), but I’d be curious if you’ve done anything with that combination.

    I can’t believe all the good stuff you concoct in such a small space!


  • People with small kitchens have much more well-loved belongings stashed there! They can’t afford the space for things that don’t get used. Even though my kitchen isn’t “tiny,” I’m doing spring cleaning anyhow. I’m searching for things I bought that didn’t turn out to be as useful as I had hoped.

    I think that a small, well designed/organized kitchen can be better than a sprawling one that you need a map just to find what you need.

  • I am stymied at what shall be my excuse now. I have been blaming the fact that dining is at one end of the kitchen, and that there isn’t enough closed storage. And then I see yours and ouch.

    Anyway, I got one great idea. I too have a champagne bucket that doesn’t pull its weight. I shall look for a place that it can sit and hold good stuff I need at hand– whoa! That’s everything!