After the wedding Giles and Tia will take up residence in a tiny apartment Tia has charmingly dubbed "The Dollhouse". The kitchen is brand new and very nice--not very large, of course, and has a tiny table for dining.
What a mercy I ran across an entire chapter on "Dinettes" in a vintage cookbook this week. The author does her level 1934 best to cheer and exhort homemakers who suddenly find themselves downsized from a full kitchen and dining room. Here she is, looking on the bright side:
• Everyday diners have a way of tasting better when served in the dinette.
• Dinette cookery requires the intimate touch of individuality, even to the pots and pans used in the kitchenette.
• It is next to impossible to serve a formal type of dinner, with several courses, in dinette style.
• Much planning must be done ahead of time, if the dinette dinner is to be successful.
• Space is at a premium, and must be planned to create the idea of leisure, hospitality and intimacy.
• There is something chummy and friendly about dining in a dinette--something akin to dining out in a corner of a hotel dining room or tea room.
• An excellent cup of coffee compensates for many other deficiencies.
-- Jessie Marie Deboth, The Fashion Book of Recipes