Learn to cook up a great kitchen


August 21, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

Most of us suffer along in whatever kitchen we happen to inherit when we buy a house. When we renovate, we think more about looks and new appliances than the sorts of questions Deborah Krasner answers in her new book, Kitchens for Cooks: Planning Your Perfect Kitchen (Viking; $24.95). How do you make your kitchen fit your height and cooking style? How do you include ecological concerns in your design? How do you design a kitchen where more than one person can cook at a time?

The book includes floor plans and lots of color photographs featuring kitchens of chefs, cookbook authors and designers.

A list of professional sources and "green" sources for the equipment talked about in the book will be particularly helpful, as will a bibliography of useful books on kitchen design for further reading.

Gifts and accessories

Looking for an unusual night light or fabulous hand-painted furniture? Whether your budget is $10 or $200, Janet Plitt's new shop, Morgan Truesdell Interiors Inc., has a great-looking hostess gift or home accessory. Located in Stevenson Village, it's also the home of her design firm.

Call (410) 486-6262 for more information.

A new show house

Historic Ellicott City's 10th annual decorator show house is for the first time not historic; it's a newly constructed home with the look of a medieval castle.

The mansion is being furnished by 23 designers from around Maryland and Washington. Tersiguel's Restaurant will provide lunch. The show house will be open Sept. 24 to Oct. 23.

Advance tickets for $6 are available until opening day by sending a check and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Mrs. William Filbert, 4614 New Cut Road, Ellicott City 21043.

The undercover story

If you're buying a quilt, buy Baltimore -- a Baltimore-style album quilt, that is. The Museum of American Folk Art has licensed Perfect Fit Industries to manufacture four popular historic patterns from the museum's collection. Besides the album quilt, there are a double wedding-ring quilt, a crazy quilt and a museum star quilt.

The Baltimore album quilt featured in the museum's collection is thought to be one designed and made by famed quilter Mary Evans in the mid-1800s.

The reproduction quilts cost $29, $39 and $49 for twin, full and queen-size. They are available locally at Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in Columbia and Annapolis, or call (800) 233-3588.

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