Mary Jo Peterson

By Elizabeth Brent The kitchen of the '90s is the hub of the home. "Open plan" in design, the kitchen is now the gathering place for all. It's functional, yet fun, able to accommodate chefs of all ages, sizes and tastes. "People are enjoying the process of baking and cooking and want to be around other people in the house,"said Dave Becker, vice president of product management at Viking. "Kitchens now have more of a social atmosphere." The kitchen has to look like you cook. The traditional 30-inch range is making way for 36-inch and 48-inch commercial ranges. The 36-inch ranges now come with extra burners, too.

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