Dona Schwartz's new "In the Kitchen" book reveals every gritty part of the family kitchen: teens slouching in their chairs, a little girl playing grown-up with a big pot of chocolate, little ones reaching for the microwave buttons while adults stand around talking over wine, someone on a phone, two kids smushing ripe avocados into a bowl, tied-up garbage bags ready to go into the trash, a back pack flung against a cabinet, a girl feeding the dog some of her milk, dad preparing dinner, and the photo above -- of a blossoming baker a little bored with her mixing task.
Dona Schwartz was a divorced mother whose children were making her a birthday dinner, when she decided to photograph them in the process. And it became an ongoing family album: their life as seen through ordinary domestic activities and chores. The photos include Schwartz's new boyfriend and their blended family of six kids are all here. It's wonderful stuff and it will make anyone who has ever had a bunch of teens invade their kitchen smile.
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