How has the kitchen evolved? The kitchen has evolved as much as human. This is undisputable considering the fact that we have been eating from the beginning of ages.
Kitchen History and Transitions
During ancient times, notably in Greece, the kitchen is carefully located close to the bathroom so that it can be heated from the heat generated from cooking. This act was also documented to be only affordable by the rich. While people that couldn’t afford such luxury have their kitchen in the open.
The middle ages brought a slight change to the kitchen design. Humans designed metal cauldrons that were used to hang foods above the fire to cook. This yet was mostly set up in an open space and the smoke and soot emanating from the firewood is not a fun thing to sit with at a close distance.
How has the kitchen evolved?
A recreated 12th-Century kitchen, Dover Castle. Source: English Heritage
The Romans were the first to find a solution to the problem of smoke and soot in the kitchen. They used brick tubes to extract them from the kitchen making the area more breathable and comfortable to sit.
A transformation of the kitchen architecture and function made people comfortably sit and eat in the same room where the kitchen is located. However, during this time, the kitchen is still considered as a separate section of the house because the chimney does not completely eliminate the chances of smokes getting into the house.
With the constant innovation of appliances and ever-changing styles, kitchens over the past century showcase the evolution of our habits and lifestyles, transitioning from sparse workstations to colorful mod spaces to the sleek, airy rooms that are popular today.
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It seems hard to believe, but there was a time when the kitchen wasn’t the social spot and hub of activity that it is today. Open-concept homes—and their center islands with seating—have turned the space into a multipurpose room (think homework station) as much as a place for cooking, combining dining room, lounge, and living room in one.
A hundred years ago, though, the kitchen was a utilitarian space, existing for food prep and little else. With the constant innovation of appliances and ever-changing styles, kitchens over the past century showcase the evolution of our habits and lifestyles, transitioning from sparse workstations to colorful mod spaces to the sleek, airy rooms that are popular today.
Some of us even prefer hosting guests in the kitchen instead of the sitting room. What has changed? Innovation and technology! How far have we come? To really appreciate these changes, let’s explore the transitions so far