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Recipe for Remodeling a Cookbook Author's Kitchen

Magazine article Sunset

Recipe for Remodeling a Cookbook Author's Kitchen

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The ingredients include built-in efficiency and accessibility

WHEN COOKBOOK author Marilyn Tausend decided to remodel her kitchen, her goal was to have a supremely efficient space that would serve as both a test kitchen and a family entertainment hub.

She also wanted lots of room, so she had the old kitchen area gutted, then expanded it to more than twice its original size.

Tausend, coauthor of Mexico The Beautiful Cookbook, chose a Mexican folk an theme for her new kitchen. Working with Tacoma architect Bob Evans, she included a number of hardworking elements, from an old-fashioned produce cooler to a variety of specialty drawers.

Accessibility was the inspiration for a walk-in pantry built into an otherwise awkward corner. When Tausend opens the pantry door, a fluo-rescent light automatically illuminates four shelves (up to 18 inches deep) designed to hold large bowls, oversize serving dishes, and oddly shaped items like ice cream makers. Even the floor is used for storage while racks on the door hold canned goods and cereals.

To keep produce and dried chilies fresh, Tausend borrowed an idea from her grandmother's kitchen, transforming a tall, narrow cabinet into a cooler. Vents at the top and bottom of the cabinet's exterior wall open directly onto a shady garden. In the summer, cool air circulates through the seven wire storage baskets. In the winter, vents are closed to prevent heat loss. The cooler is so efficient that Tausend dries her homemade beef jerky here. …

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