Every item in the kitchen has its own story. Through 100 familiar objects, The Modern Kitchen maps the progress and development of this functional yet also wildly aspirational space. Why do the Le Creuset casserole dish and the wooden salad bowl exert such a cultural hold over us? How did the AGA become the symbol of gentrification? Has the accumulation of electrical appliances led us to cook and eat differently?
As well as studying the individual objects that have had such a huge impact on the way we live now, The Modern Kitchen examines kitchen design, economics and gender politics. Embodying notions about class, gender, wealth and health, the home kitchen remains a neat insight into our beliefs, tastes, aesthetics and aspirations – the portrait of our domestic lives.