by Timur  

The Russian word кухня can be translated as kitchen or cuisine.

Most kitchens in Russian homes are pretty basic; there is a cupboard, a refrigerator, a sink, a stove and maybe an oven of some sort. Russians prefer gas stoves and ovens to electric ones. In fact during the Soviet days it was almost impossible to find electric stoves in any Russian home.

I remember how a friend of mine had a big, old, red gas tank standing in the corner of his кухня, wrapped up in a plastic bag, connected to his tiny portable stove through a rubber pipe. It always seemed like that hazardous thing was going to explode at any minute or leak enough poisonous gas to asphyxiate all his guests. (I should add that that was not a typical Russian kitchen.)

When you want to say that something is located in the kitchen, it’s better to use the preposition нa on instead of в in. People will understand you either way, but нa кухнe sounds more common.


Photo of dog standing in front of stove
Image of the chef from www.linein.org

Here are some example sentences with the word кухня:

Mне нравится японская кухня, потому что мне нравятся морепродукты. I like Japanese cuisine because I like seafood.
Александра оставила свои ключи на кухне. Alexandra left her keys in the kitchen.
Иван и его отец собираются открыть ресторан, который будет специализироваться по русской и украинской кухне. Ivan and his dad are planning to open a restaurant that specializes in Russian and Ukranian cuisine.
К ужину вся семья собралась на кухне, чтобы отведать её новое блюдо, которое она готовила больше двух часов. Around dinner time the whole family got together in the kitchen to try the new dish that she had been working on for more than two hours.


Comment from: Marina [Visitor]

You can also:
купить в магазине новую кухню (furniture), а также хорошо разбираться в эстрадной/ политической/ экономической кухне (wich means that you know the rules). The last one is slang.

09/21/11 @ 05:57
Comment from: vio [Visitor]

“In fact during the Soviet days it was almost impossible to find electric stoves in any Russian home.”
It’s not quite that - over the North of Russia (e.g. Murmanskaya oblast) electric stoves was much more common than gas ones - there were no gas lines and only few buildings had supply from gas tanks.

11/28/09 @ 10:36

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