Behind the Scenes in Niki's Home Kitchen

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Behind the Scenes in Niki's Home Kitchen

[Photographs: Niki Achitoff-Gray]

Editor's Note: In our new Home Kitchen series, we'll be touring the kitchens of SE staffers and contributors. Today we're heading into the kitchen of Associate Editor Niki Achitoff-Gray.

If you're here because you thought the kitchen of a food writer and culinary school grad would be cooler, fancier, and more exciting than yours, then allow me to introduce myself. My name is Niki, and I am going to be a disappointment.

But if you want to feel better about your own hoarding tendencies and weird food habits, then welcome! Please, step inside the magical world of my home kitchen: the windowless wall in the windowless room that also "conveniently" happens to be the living room, dining room, den, and library of my "spacious" two-bedroom apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Charming, isn't it?

Yes, that is all the counter space. And yes, before my roommate and I purchased our handy Ikea kitchen island islet, our cutting boards were perfectly at home on the coffee table, floor, and any other relatively flat space (cough, my bed).

But the lack of surface area is more than made up for by a whole lot of cabinet and drawer space. Space which, for the very first time, I shall bare to the public in all its unadulterated mediocrity. Here we go!

About the author: Niki Achitoff-Gray is the associate editor of Serious Eats and a recent graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She's pretty big into oysters, offal, and most edible things. You can follow her on Twitter at @eatandcry.

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