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Nothing in your holiday kitchen? Don’t fret: most can be made to work with a make-do-and-mend attitude

There’s a strange feeling that accompanies looking around the kitchen of your holiday rental for the first time: an anticipation coupled with an almost inevitable disappointment. I’m sure the Germans have a compound word for it. The anticipation exists because this just might turn out to be a dream kitchen, the disappointment because it very rarely is.

This is because holiday kitchens broadly fall into three categories: the barely equipped, the under-equipped (which can mean that there’s absolutely nothing in it) and the equipped for show, but not for actual use. (Of these, the third is the most annoying, because it really gets your hopes up. Until you actually try to cook something in it.)

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