So funny all this hullaballo about Heavenly Kevin's comments on fancy kitchens. Is he really being that contentious? I say in my own book (The Joy of Home, Conran Octopus, available from all good booksellers):
"An abiding cliche is that the kitchen is the heart of the home. And as households become more fragmented - with more people living alone, more single-parent families, fewer elders living with their adult children and declining birth rates - it is notable just how much more tempting new kitchen designs have become. It is as if we are compensating for the decline in Waltons-style family fantasy.
Perhaps this is too cynical a note on which to begin a section on the subject of (design for) cooking, which can be one of the most creative and loving activities we perform. But it is a phenomenon worth acknowledging, if only to guard against being distracted by fancy toys and so lose sight of what we really need. And like. It is a fact...that "tools do not a chef make".
Elizabeth David...cooked for most of her life in a very basic kitchen consisting of a four ring gas stove, a Welsh dresser and a large wooden kitchen table."
And she revolutionised British cooking in a way that has yet to be touched by others.
Anyone who cooks and loves food, and who has also observed at close quarters those who think nothing of spending £1,000 on a kitchen tap (as Kevin and I have) knows that you don't need a flash kitchen: people invest in such things for very different reasons other than wanting to be a great cook, and it is these reasons that are fascinating, that deserve constructive examination, than twisted knickers over comments that simply express the truth.