Behind the Scenes In Kenji's Home Kitchen (A.K.A. Home of The Food Lab)

The Food Lab

Unraveling the mysteries of home cooking through science.

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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 Kenji's kitchen!

A couple things have changed since I last gave you a virtual tour of my kitchen back in 2010. Most prominently, I've moved. Down the hall. To a nearly identical-but-with-some-important-improvements apartment. The biggest improvement was a slightly more spacious kitchen and a deck where I can test grilled recipes.

I've also collected many more things along the way, which is good and bad. I'm in for some major spring cleaning when my wife and I head out to San Francisco this summer (we're finally getting out of New York!). Some things have been retired, like the frozen cat I had in my freezer for a few months before we could find a suitable burial ground. My taste-tester extraordinaire Dumpling also sadly passed away a few years ago, but there's never a shortage of hungry canine mouths to feed now that Hambone and Yuba are in the picture.

Take a walk through my kitchen and let me show you a bit of my world. It's not nearly as exciting as one could wish for, I imagine.

About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at @thefoodlab on Twitter, or at The Food Lab on Facebook.