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Fancy Kitchens

January 3rd, 2012 at 05:14 pm

Now that I'm back to work, I won't be watching as much television which is both good and bad, but that's not what this blog is about.

What I've noticed is that in many of the food commercials, the folks have pretty fancy kitchens. For example, the new KFC commercial has a stainless stove that looks like a professional type. Hmmm...a chef who regularly gets KFC?

Some of the heat and eat snacks show pretty luxurious kitchens too...pretty darn fancy for heating stuff up in the microwave.

I wonder if the folks who make these commercials think we all have fancy kitchens or if they think we all want fancy kitchens. Very few have laminate countertops. Most have granite.

I don't have granite...part of it the cost, but part of it is also if we did spring for it, it would overimprove the kitchen for the neighborhood we live in.

Am I the only one who is noticing these commercials? Are these subliminal messages to the consumer?

5 Responses to “Fancy Kitchens”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    It all adds up to give us the impression that the Joneses have left us in the dust. I'm not immune to the influence either.

    We suffice with our old kitchen, but it has some peculiarities. I sometimes think of that scene in "It's a Wonderful Life," where George gratefully kisses the troublesome staircase finial that always comes off in his hand. Some aspects of my kitchen are like that.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I've noticed this in commercials, too, and I think it's simply more of the 'If you're successful, you'll have this', 'If he loves you, he'll buy you this', 'If you're a good parent, you'll get this' mentality. Meh.

    Would I like a fancy kitchen? Not necessarily but if I was offered one, of course I'd take it. Not because I want to keep up with anyone else but because cooking is my passion and I'd love to have more space, a bigger and better oven (or two), a nice large island, and other goodies. I don't have those things, though. I live in a tiny apartment with a postage stamp kitchen and I use the devil out of it. I'm okay with that. Smile

  3. monkeymama Says:

    I have a fancy kitchen, but I use it every day, feel I got a steal on the price, and it is amazingly functional. (I am more about the function than appearance, personally).

    I do know several people who have VERY fancy kitchens that never get used outside the microwave. I am totally serious. IT always just strikes me as odd. But to be fair, our neighborhood was all new construction when we bought and "big/fancy kitchens" were very in. For many, just means that was the kitchen that came with the house that fit them best otherwise, so whatever. I am sure many homes built the last decade have giant kitchens for people who never use them! Kind of funny how popular trends don't always follow the reality. (Big kitchens are *in* though no one actually cooks?)

  4. rob62521 Says:

    "Kind of funny how popular trends don't always follow the reality. (Big kitchens are *in* though no one actually cooks?)" You certainly nailed that, Monkey Mama! I remember working with a gal who signed up for all kinds of kitchen things on her bridal registry and got almost every single thing she wanted...I visited her after they married and moved to their house. They were all neatly put away in the cabinets still in the packages and boxes!

    DH says that besides me, and this other friend, he doesn't think most folks cook anymore.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I want a spacious kitchen. I want a functional kitchen. But fancy? Nah. Give me excellent pots and pans and superior knives and I am a happy camper.

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