I make no secret of the fact that I hate (hate!) cooking. The mess, the dishes, the smells, the large margin of error. Yuck.
I do, however, love children's play kitchens. Since before Margaret was born, I've been window-shopping online, putting together my dream play kitchen. There are so many fun and whimsical options out there these days. Nothing like the plain wooden sink-and-oven with plastic fruit I remember from my Kindergarten classroom.
My favorite kitchen has got to be the Kidcraft red vintage kitchen:
This toaster from Plan Toys fits the style of the kitchen perfectly.
I really like Haba's play foods, because they mirror the things we eat at home:
Their fanciful desserts are darling:
Melissa and Doug have some nice wooden basics:
They also make some quirkier sets:
As far as dishes and cooking implements go, I love Ikea's line. Affordable and realistic-looking:
Plates and Bowls
Clearly, I have a bit of an addiction. Fortunately, we aren't planning to give Margaret her kitchen until her second birthday, so I have another whole year to feed my obsession.