Cooking Food in Tiny Spaces…

Posted July 13th, 2009 by Tammy "RowdyKittens" and filed in Issue 9: Food and Cooking

indefensefood_cover_medFood. Ohhh how I love food. Especially plants!

I recently finished reading In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; an educational and entertaining book.

Pollan’s main message is: Eat whole foods, chow down on lots plants and make eating a social experience. If you want to learn more about the intersections between your health, the food industry, public policy, and “nutritionism,” read Pollan’s book.

So how does this relate to tiny spaces?

Pollan helped me downsize the kitchen by changing my eating habits. By incorporating 15 of Pollan’s eating guidelines into my diet, I’ve been able to decrease waste, save space in the kitchen and focus on cooking simple and easy recipes.

For example, I’ve decreased waste by eating fresh foods that can be composted and visit the local farmer’s market once a week. By eating local and fresh foods, I don’t have to refrigerate much food. Cooking is simple, easy and fast because my meals consist of fresh fruits, vegetables and bread. I’ve found the following food guidelines really helpful for cooking in my small kitchen…

My Food Guidelines for Tiny Spaces

1. Eat mostly plants.

Market Lettuce2

2. Avoid food products that are predominantly processed, unpronounceable, have more than 5 ingredients or include high fructose corn syrup.

3. Avoid products that make health claims.

4. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.

5. Get out of the supermarket and shop at the farmer’s market.

Sacramento Farmer's Market 7

6. You are what you eat (This includes what other animals eat and what is in the soil too).

7. If you have space buy a freezer.

8. Eat like an omnivore. Diversity in diet is a good thing.


Photo by Em

9. Eat well grown food from healthy soil.

10. Get off the Western diet. But don’t look for the “magic bullet in the traditional diet.”

11. Have a glass of wine with dinner.

Bogle Winery18

12. Buy higher quality foods and eat less of them.

13. Choose quality over quantity and good experience over calories.

14. Eat meals and less snacks.

15. Cook and if you can plant a garden.

(Note: rules adopted from Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto)


The rules above have helped me create a minimalist kitchen and healthy diet. What cooking strategies have you used in tiny spaces?