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Kitchen design for a crowd

By Michele Lerner
Special to The Washington Post
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    Cookbook author Joan Nathan designed her kitchen for experimenting with recipes and hosting guests.
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Cookbook author Joan Nathan and her husband, lawyer Allan Gerson, built their home 26 years ago in Washington, D.C.

Even then, she knew that she wanted a home that “loves people” and would function as her laboratory for testing recipes.

“We were living in a home that was too small and found this land that overlooks Rock Creek Park,” says Nathan.

She has written 10 cookbooks and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Food Arts magazine and Tablet Magazine. Her former PBS television series, “Jewish Cooking in America With Joan Nathan,” was nominated in 2000 for a James Beard Award for the best national television food show.

Both her kitchen and adjoining family room have skylights and are wrapped in tall windows to fill the spaces with light and offer glimpses of the park.

Nathan added extra windows and a skylight to the baking area, which also has a built-in desk and shelves for her cookbook collection.

“Although I have a study upstairs above the kitchen, I do most of my writing right at the kitchen counter,” Nathan says.

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