Trophy Kitchens

The kitchen is generally considered the room within a home dedicated to food preparation. Trophy kitchens, however, are expensively and stylishly equipped high-end spaces that in many cases serve as status symbols more so than places to cook. As such, trophy kitchens provide an interesting case study of the role and meaning of kitchens in present-day society. This entry covers the history and definition of the 21st-century American trophy kitchen, drawing from popular culture and current kitchen renovation trends.

Kitchen History

For hundreds of years, the American kitchen existed as a solely domestic space. In the colonial period, it was a large room that hosted a variety of household duties. In the late 18th century, the kitchen became a room exclusively for cooking. In the 20th century, ...

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