While there's no shortage of bells-and-whistles appliances to make alfresco cooking as hassle-free as preparing meals indoors, I think the setting of an outdoor kitchen is best when it's ultimately low-tech. Stainless steel and concrete just aren't as simpatico with the natural world as a setting with rough timber and rock. My only suggestion for this location: a shade to cover the dining table.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.