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Kitchen Storage.

And other storage ideas from a new Sunset book

Where can you put everything you need for a specific task,? That's one question a hardworking kitchen plan has to address.

In the example shown in the photographs above, a serious pastry cook asked designer Carlene Anderson to provide a baking center with handy storage space for all the necessary equipment and supplies.

Deftly packed into a tight space that's separate from the rest of the kitchen are all the appliances, utensils, staples, spices, and other ingredients needed for dessert artistry.

And placing the center as a freestanding unit allows the specialized work of the baker to go on without interrupting activities in the rest of the kitchen.

This baking center is just one of scores of space-efficient designs offered in the newly revised Sunset book, Kitchen Storage (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025; $6.95). Completely updated, the 80-page book offers a wide range of options for creating well-planned, easy-touse kitchens. Its 90 color photographs and 80 illustrations are accompanied by detailed descriptions of strategies, components, and how-to tips. A useful resource list gives names and addresses of manufacturers.

In a very clear form, this book shows what choices are available for conventional kitchens and not-so-conventional onesincluding specialty cooking centers like the one above, kitchen offices, and other situations that require special storage solutions.

The book explores every corner of the kitchen in detail. You're provided with illustrations of ideas for each part-from pantries to islands to freestanding work centers to storage walls,

Other drawings show options for storing appliances, cleaning supplies, dishes, linens, and everything else the cook might require.

A special section gives pointers for childsafe kitchen storage. An old Japanese art form gives you a new way to record a catch-whether from a family fishing expedition or a trip to the local market. It's gyotaku: gyo for fish, taku meaning rubbing.

In Japan, fish printing dates back to 1862, though the process evolved from Chinese stone rubbings done as early as 300 B.C. The Japanese developed the technique as a way of documenting and appreciating nature. (The process also works with shells, seaweed, and leaves.)

Japanese artists use an "indirect" method of printing: they lay handmade papers atop a fresh fish, then carefully paint the outtines and delicate contours. Fish printers in this country most often do "direct" printing, as shown in our photographs, This way, you apply color to the fish, then lay cloth or paper over it and hand-rub or press to make a mirror-image print.

For beginners, a whole, ungutted flat fish-such as bass, perch, flounder, or rockfish-is best; you may have to ask your market to order an ungutted fish. (Or use a gutted fish carefully stuffed with paper towel to establish a firm form.) You'll need the fish, paper towels, and brushes of various sizes. For printing on fabrics that you intend to wash, buy tubes of acrylic artists' paint, acrylic fabric dyes, or oil-base block-printing ink. For printing on paper, you could also use water-soluble block-printing ink.

With some fish, you may need to prop up and anchor fins for a better impression; use fin-shaped bits of modeling clay or styrene foam as platforms, then secure under fins with toothpicks.

You may want to make several test prints to determine just how much paint to apply to your fish. Be sure to test on the same material your final print will be on; results vary with the surface printed.

Even though some acrylic paints are labeled nontoxic, this doesn't mean they are meant to be eaten. We can't recommend you eat a fish that has been painted, but we do know of some daring fish printers who have eaten their prize catches after a quick printing followed by a thorough washing, skinning, and cooking.

If you want to learn more about gyotaku (see page 98) and develop your printing technique, here are some classes and workshops in California and Nevada.

Northern California Trinidad. Every fall for the last several years, Bill Twibell has hauled fish from his freezer for his gyotaku class at Humboldt State's Marine Lab in Trinidad. Th ree-hour classes cost $45, materials not included. Write to Center Activities, Humboldt State University, Arcata 95521, or call (707) 826-4195.

Davis. Noted printer Chris Dewees gives weekend workshops in summer and fall; next one is July 16. For other dates and fees, write or call Davis Art Center, Box 4340, Davis 95617; (916) 756-4100.

San Francisco. Childrens' classes are available at the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 94118; (415) 750-7100. For adult classes, write to Barbara Hudler at the academy or call her at 750-7100.

Nancy McNally, veteran fish printer, offers two-session lessons for $100, materials included; next ones are July 15, 16. Write to her at 1352 Dolores St., San Francisco 94110, or call 648-4665.

Alameda. The Crab Cove Visitor Center offers occasional gyotaku classes. For a current calendar, call (415) 521-6887, or write to Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda 94501.

Southern California Chula Vista, From 10:30 to 1:30 on July 22, artist Nancy Pollak teaches at Chula Vista Nature Interpretive Center. Cost: $14; for required reservations, call (619) 422-2473. Children must be 14 and over. La Jolla. From 1 to 4 on September 2, Nancy Pollak also offers a class at Scripps Aquarium. Cost: $18; for required reservations, call (619) 534-3474. Children must be over 10, and those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dr. Eric Hochberg, cofounder of the national Nature Printing Society, hosts several workshops in different locations; call (805) 682-4711.

Nevada Incline Village. August 7 through 11, Tom Giusti offers a workshop at Sierra Nevada College. Students print fish and items gathered on walks during day-long sessions. Fee of $225 includes materials; housing is $140. Limited to 15 students. Write to Carol Sphar, Sierra Nevada College, Box 4269, Incline Village 89450; or call (702) 831-1314 in Nevada, (800)
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