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Living in New York City has its challenges, not the least of which is apartment size. With these tiny apartments come teeny tiny kitchens - which are manageable if all the “cooking” you are going to do is make a bowl of cereal or an occasional pasta dish.
Every New York home cook has their own way of dealing with the space issue. Most kitchens are built using all the available vertical space. Mine is no exception. What seems high to most people is actually towering for me. I'm only 4'2".
To put it into perspective, the counters in my current apartment come to my shoulders. I have always had to use a stool, but this kitchen is sort of ridiculous. The bottoms of my top cabinets are at least five feet off the ground. My average height friends have difficulty in my kitchen.
I also break one of the cardinal rules of cooking, I’m barefoot. I have to be or else I wouldn’t be able to climb and grip with my feet. Have you ever climbed down a ladder with a boiling pot of water? I have, I do it every day. How else would I get the water from my stove to the sink?
You’re probably thinking, “Why doesn’t she find an apartment with a better suited kitchen for her?” But really, unless I designed my own where would that be? So until I can afford to buy an apartment, I will be climbing, leaning and balancing my way through meal preparation.
Do you run up against any physical challenges in your home kitchen? Share your story below and we just might feature it in a future story.