Country Living New Country Kitchens

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Welcome to the country kitchens. The true heart of the home, this friendly haven has long been the traditional setting for hearty meals, good conversation, and fireside gatherings. Yet today's kitchen must also meet new needs. Here, families are likely to be found watching television, entertaining guests, or even doing homework. In short, the kitchen has never has to work harder. With this in mind, the editors at Country Living are pleased to present New Country Kitchens. Illustrated with more than 250 color ...
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Overview

Welcome to the country kitchens. The true heart of the home, this friendly haven has long been the traditional setting for hearty meals, good conversation, and fireside gatherings. Yet today's kitchen must also meet new needs. Here, families are likely to be found watching television, entertaining guests, or even doing homework. In short, the kitchen has never has to work harder. With this in mind, the editors at Country Living are pleased to present New Country Kitchens. Illustrated with more than 250 color photographs, this comprehensive volume is filled with dozens of fresh and practical decorating ideas to help you create a great kitchen in the warm hospitable spirit that is the very essence of country.

To inspire you, Chapter One invites you on a tour of some of our favorite kitchens, keeping rooms, and dining rooms chosen from farmhouses, suburban homes, and even city apartments throughout America. Their striking diversity illustrates the remarkable range of looks made possible by the flexible, personal approach to decorating that distinguishes country style.

The second chapter offers an in-depth look at some of the "best" country kitchens Country Living has ever profiled. Chapter Three explores the basic design elements that form the foundation of any well-planned kitchen, including cabinets, storage, work surfaces, flooring, and appliances. Here you will also find advice on how to choose among the many available options while considering your own needs, budget, and individual interests.

Finally, no book on the country kitchen would be complete a chapter devoted to collectibles. This section offers historical background, collecting tips, and display ideas for all the country classics, from simple woodenware to decorated pottery.

As Country Living New Country Kitchens so clearly shows, a great country kitchen is both a practical workspace and a comfortable gathering place for family and friends -- and above all, a showcase for personal style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688125868
  • Publisher: Hearst Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Series: Country Living Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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WoodenwareAmongthe earliest types of kitchenware used in he colonies, wares made of treen (an old English dialect term for "wooden") served the American cook in the days before the Revolution, when most pottery had to be imported.The forests of the New World provided plenty of wood; carvers used hardwoods such as maple and birch for trenchers and mixing bowls,and softer pine for spoons and boxes.Scoops and bowls were also shaped out of burls - rounded growths on the trunks and branches of otherwise healthy trees.The beautiful grains of elm, ash, and maple burls were especially prized.

Favorite woodenware collectibles include the rectangular boxes that once held candles, pipes, and personal documents, as well as oval and round pantry boxes, covered buckets (sometimes called firkins), rolling pins ,maple-sugar molds, and springerle boards, the decoratively carved mold used for making German cookies flavored with anise.

Because cleaning can be harmful, antique woodenware should not be used for serving food.With their simple designs and beautiful patinas, however, wooden collectibles stand on their own as display pieces, offering warmth and a sense of history.

Copyright©1995 by the Hearst Corporation

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