The Kitchen Hearth
Kitchens by Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa.; 1986; 147 pages;
$12.95 paperback, $19.95 hardcover.
Baths also by Rodale, 1986; 148 pages: $12.95 paperback,
by Paul Hanke
The premise of the Kitchens volume
in Rodale's Home Design Series is that
the "hearth" is not just a fireplace
(or a room with one in it), but a
focal point for the life of the
occupants. This once-common
nucleus, says the book's editors, has
all but vanished from the
contemporary American scene.
Kitchens, the authors promise, is
about "how to turn your kitchen into
a hearth room."
Practically speaking, this means
designing a multipurpose
kitchen/Great Room that can draw
the family together again. But despite
its being a fine offering on