The New Kitchen—Outside
Ideas for designing, building and equipping the outdoor kitchen of your dreams
After World War II, Americans began their great migration to the backyard, where family life centered around a wooden picnic table and a modest grill. Today, we’ve come a long way, as Deborah Krasner sets forth in her book The New Outdoor Kitchen: Cooking Up a Kitchen for the Way You Live and Play (The Taunton Press, 2007, $30), in which she focuses on how to design, build and equip the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.
Cavities under the counter hold baskets of kindling and tools for the grill.
A lot of working kitchen can fit into a 10-foot square: masonry oven, electric smoker, gas grill, refrigerator, sink, shelving and counter space. The galvanized fan above moves smoke and grease up and out the cupola.
DO IT YOUR WAY
Left: Texas table setting.
Right: Masonry base supports gas grill and sink counter.
FIRE IT UP
Left: A wood-fired oven is great for making gourmet pizzas in your backyard.
Right: Fireplace carved out of desert sandstone.