Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

These 21 Powerful Photos Of Kitchens Around The World Will Touch You.

The place I like best in this world is the kitchen. No matter where it is, no matter what kind, if it's a kitchen, if it's a place where they make food, it's fine with me. Ideally it should be well broken in. Lots of tea towels, dry and immaculate. White tile catching the light (ting! ting!).

I love even incredibly dirty kitchens to distraction-vegetable droppings all over the floor, so dirty your slippers turn black on the bottom. Strangely, it's better if this kind of kitchen is large. I lean up against the silver door of a towering, giant refrigerator stocked with enough food to get through a winter. When I raise my eyes from the oil-spattered gas burner and the rusty kitchen knife, outside the window stars are glittering, lonely.

Now only the kitchen and I are left. It's just a little nicer than being all alone.

–Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen

For people who love to cook, the kitchen is the heart of the home and a source of comfort. From kitchens come those heavenly aromas that we’ve long associated with our favorite foods and baked goods. Rosemary garlic potatoes, simple roast turkey, and cinnamon rolls, to name a few.

Browse through these intimate photos of kitchens from around the world. They might look different from your own, but they’re all characteristic spaces in which people make food to feed their families, serve others, or even transform it for other purposes. Just a heads up, these images won't be a glamorous look at kitchens, but rather a more honest look at people operating in their everyday lives.

#1. The organization Akshaya Patra is in charge of the largest NGO-run school meal program and serves over 1.4 million Indian children every day.

The organization Akshaya Patra is in charge of the largest NGO-run school meal program and serves over 1.4 million Indian children every day.

#2. Pictured here is a father-son duo in the small ranching town of Datil, New Mexico (1979).

Pictured here is a father-son duo in the small ranching town of Datil, New Mexico (1979).

Nicholas Devore III/National Geographic

#3. A gleeful woman presents some freshly-baked rolls at her home in Tangier Island, Virginia (1973).

A gleeful woman presents some freshly-baked rolls at her home in Tangier Island, Virginia (1973).

David Alan Harvey/National Geographic

#4. Student chefs cook vegetables in Hefei, a city in Eastern China.

 Student chefs cook vegetables in Hefei, a city in Eastern China.

Fritz Hoffmann/National Geographic

#5. A woman cooks at a relative's house in Dalaguete, Cebu, Philippines.

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