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Kitchens

  • Kitchens were different then, too — not only what came out of them, but their smells and sounds. A hot pie cooling smells different from a frozen pie thawing.

  • The kitchen was small and dark and the memory of chopped onions clung to the walls like paint.

  • I don't like to say that my kitchen is a religious place, but I would say that if I were a voodoo princess, I would conduct my rituals there.

  • Friendships, like geraniums, bloom in kitchens.

  • The tiny room was brilliantly lit and crammed with provisions. Walnut and hazelnut and sesame oils. Olives, herbs, and pralines from Provence. Anchovies and provolone; truffles in little jars. Tins of clams and Szechuan peppercorns. Potato flour and many mustards. Prosciutto, water chestnuts, and a ham with a wrinkled, leathery skin the color of licorice hanging from the ceiling next to an odoriferous salami. Tiny Amaretti and snails. Tomato paste and marron paste, cured fish and lumpfish, gull's eggs and plover's eggs, and a chili sauce so hot it could blast the stones from a horse's hoof.

  • Is anything more homey than a kitchen with cookies in the oven?

  • Kitchen solace — the feeling that a delicious meal is simmering on the kitchen stove, misting up the windows, and that at any moment your lover will sit down to dinner with you and, between mouthfuls, gaze happily into your eyes. (Also known as living.)