**From the old Manhattan Clean Line days…
This replaces a rickety earlier version (both of which gave some much needed counter space).
For all things culinary, there is only one Julia. Name influenced by my own romanticized and grandiose view that a good sturdy table is essential to good cooking, secondary though to passion and learning correct technique, however so acquired. Also key is eating everything in moderation, tasting all that you make, and knowing that life itself is the proper binge.
**Built summer 2004. Not for sale.
(aka Julia) [mcl – WTa – 2×4]:
It’s a genuine John Boos hard rock maple 2′ x 4′ butcher block top atop a sturdy aluminum frame. The frame (taking cues from Stickley, Wright, and, of course, Corbu…) lets you hang you pans from the rack underneath, put your stock pots on shelf when you’re not making stock, fit your always-useful standard size half-sheet pans perfectly in the upper shelf, and whisk your onion skins right into the bin with no mess. The block sits on non-slip rubber pads to maintain its integrity and allow the wood to change with the humidity (as it will). It also makes it easier to lift it off for maintenance and oiling both sides (if you want it to last a lifetime, as it can – and should). The feet are also adjustable, in the off-chance your current apartment isn’t perfectly level.
*Other arrangements available (2’x2′ for quite a bit less, or without the sheet pan shelf or bin assembly for quite a bit less, or with wheels for a little bit more – name it, maybe we can do it). [starting at $399.00, $725.00 as shown]