Paule Caillat lives in Paris' Marais district and teaches cooking classes in her home kitchen, a renovated space that's full of style and storage. High bookshelves, a marble-topped counter, and a bright red Lacanche stove are a few of this kitchen's defining features. Wish you could have your own expansive Parisian-style kitchen? Here are some similar resources, most of them available in America.
Danish company Bo Concept offers in-home consultation services, where they'll measure your space and plan out modular shelving to fit a tall or non-standard space. Components start around $200 per single shelf and average $2,000 - $4,000 for a tall bookcase.
At the far end of the photo, you can see a sliver of green cabinetry. It's a popular color/finish for European cabinets from both high and low-end companies. Shown left is the "Prato" line from higher-end Italian company Poliform, who sells custom cabinetry in a high-gloss lacquer finish.
The base cabinets in Paule's kitchen (which you can't see above but are visible in these photos) are basic modern wood-veneer cabinets, similar to the type you can find at American IKEAs. For a similar look, try the Nexus or Solar finishes.
Stove & Microwave
Paule's stove is her main splurge — a made-to-order range from French Burgundy-based company Lacanche. You can choose a gas or electric oven in 10 colors, and the smallest of the stoves starts at $6,000. This is the Vougeot, starting at $8,345.
Paule uses a microwave for much of her prep work. Installed between the wall cabinets, it's a helfpul tool for melting butter. This similar Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave sells for $220 at online (and New York-based) store A.J. Madison.
Marble-Topped Kitchen Island
Crate and Barrel
In Paule's kitchen, a long freestanding marble counter provides surface space for cooking, but can also be moved away from the stove and used as a bar or eating area. For a similar piece, Crate & Barrel sells a French Kitchen Island topped in Carrara marble for $999.
The basic black bar stools in Paule's kitchen provide seating around the counter and coordinate with the overhead lights. For a lookalike style, try the Winsome Spectrum Black Faux Leather Bar Stools, available at Amazon for $98.
Stainless Steel Prep Cart
KaTom Restaurant Supply
A basic prep cart on casters (which you can see in this photo) provides a flexible, movable place for extra equipment. You can find inexpensive ones at industrial suppliers or restaurant stores, like this 3-Shelf Utility Cart, from KaTom for $177.
Designed by Cecilie Manz, the Caravaggio series of pendants comes in several different sizes. The shade is made of aluminum and coated with a high-gloss black finish that sets off the red cord. This is the Small Caravaggio Pendant, $275.
Another of Paule's signature tools is the classic wooden spoon. This Paula Deen Set is made from solid acacia wood and has a nice shape with rings for hanging. Available at Cooking.com for $10.
Sur La Table
Among her favorite kitchen tools, Paule lists this Rosle potato fork, which can be used to handle hot ingredients while you're cooking. Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, the fork comes with a lifetime warranty and sells at Sur La Table for $23.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Another must-have on Pauline's list is an electric kettle, which saves burner space by heating up water right on the counter. This is a basic white 1750-watt cordless Krups Electric Kettle, $60 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Stainless steel prep bowls are inexpensive, easy to clean, and hard-wearing. This set comes from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's and sells for $10. The bowls nest inside one another for compact storage.
Paule counts her unglazed tagines — collected in Morocco — among her prized kitchen tools. Thanks to the Internet, you can find them without having to buy the ticket to North Africa. This Rifi Cooking Tagine is available through Tagines.com for $39.
Cutlery and More
A good whisk — the pastry chef's indispensable tool. For a good selection of styles and varieties, try an online cooking store like Cooking.com, Fante's catalog, or Cutlery & More, where these Stainless Steel Balloon Whisks are available for $10.
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Photo: Faith Durand