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Analyzing your everyday cooking rituals

While typically stylish and often beautiful, kitchen appliances are first and foremost products of specialized utility. Taking an honest look at the way you use your kitchen every day to cook, entertain and live is the best way to begin determining which new appliances will be right for you. Some designers refer to that process as creating a list of "everyday cooking rituals."

This section will help you identify your everyday cooking rituals by providing questions to ponder before you talk to your designer, your architect, or the sales staff at your favorite showroom. Understanding your cooking rituals, plus identifying your must-have appliances, will simplify the big decision of which brands and models to buy later on.

What are everyday cooking rituals?

Don't let the word "rituals" throw you. These are simply the things you do almost every day to prepare and share meals with your family, and wine and dine your guests. You'd think that giving consideration to this would be obvious, but it's easy to forget (while pouring over Pinterest boards assembled by others and tearing out pages of magazines with the latest kitchen trends) that what really matters most in creating a kitchen you love is, well, you.

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