“We spend an enormous amount of time in our kitchen and include the children in many aspects of food preparation” —Jen Albano
Restauranteurs know a thing or two about kitchens, which is why I’m fascinated by this Brooklyn row house kitchen — whipped into shape by the couple behind restaurant & bar Henry Public. Jen Albano and Matt Dawson renovated the kitchen with architect Nick Robertson of Studio Piano Nobile. It wasn’t gutted, it’s not perfect, but it was renovated in keeping with the charm of the 1880s building: wood beams and original farmhouse sink included. It was updated to today’s taste with simple white marble countertops, muddy green shaker style cabinetry and a patterned tile backsplash. The built-in breakfast nook was built in the 1920s got a fresh coat of paint and a bit of styling. The result: a heart-of-the-home kitchen in it’s purest simplest form. See the full house on Lonny.
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I’m not much of a summer cook. I whip up the occasional gourmet salad, but my skills come out when I’m making hearty Winter dishes: lasagna, chilli, risotto, chicken cacciatore… There’s just something about cool weather that makes me want to splurge on gourmet ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen with good music, good wine and good friends. Here are my favorite recent cookbooks to get you back into cooking. If a book titled “Thug Kitchen: Cook Like you Give a Fuck” doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.
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Images: Gieves Anderson for Lonny Magazine.