Author(s): Tim Hayward
The kitchen is the heart of the home - it's where we spend leisure time as a family, where we feed ourselves and where we entertain our friends. The average western family spends more money on the kitchen than they do on a car or a holiday.Ã¢ Â We fill our kitchens with objects and tools that reflect our needs, tastes and desires. There is nowhere else in daily domestic life where design impinges quite as much as in the kitchen. Every item in the kitchen has its own story. Through 100 familiar objects, The Modern Kitchen maps the progress and development of this functional yet also wildly aspirational space. Why do the Le Creuset casserole dish and the wooden salad bowl exert such a cultural hold over us? How did the AGA become the symbol of gentrification? Has the accumulation of electrical appliances led us to cook and eat differently? As well as studying the individual objects that have had such a huge impact on the way we live now, The Modern Kitchen examines kitchen design, economics and gender politics. Embodying notions about class, gender, wealth and health, the home kitchen remains a neat insight into our beliefs, tastes, aesthetics and aspirations - the portrait of our domestic lives.
A major star of food writing, Tim Hayward is a writer, broadcaster and restaurateur. He writes a column and restaurant reviews for the Financial Times and his features have appeared in the FT, the Guardian and the Observer Food Monthly amongst others. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme and a panellist on The Kitchen Cabinet. He won the Guild of Food Writers award for Food Journalist of the Year in 2015 and was the Fortnum and Mason Food Writer of the Year for 2014. Tim is the author of Food DIY (2013), The DIY Cook (2015) and Knife (2016).