Having recently demolished our kitchen, I realised how much crap there really is in a kitchen. Endless cupboards made out of some substance – chipboard – that continues to exude fumes for its entire life, a stove, a fridge, a sink, plumbing, benches, tiles, table and chairs … the stream of stuff out was endless. And people thought we had nothing in our kitchen. Some have freezers and dishwashers and ice machines and coffee makers and what have you.

So how much do you really need in a kitchen? No more than three items: a source of water, a bowl to hold water and a fire. That’s it. In fact, most people throughout human history and even today have little more than those three items. All the rest is junk, the detritus of generating needs that we never knew we had.

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