Domestic life starts in the kitchen. From the first pot of coffee in the morning to three square meals to a late-night snack, lives are lived here. 

Rita Mielke’s book, The Kitchen: History, Culture, Design, is a survey of the history of this very special room. Describing the many shapes kitchens have taken over the decades, this book details a kitchen’s social purposes, as well as the technical ones.

The publication, meant to both inspire your creative side and give you pretty pictures to look at, is a great complement to boring technical guides.