Newly engaged couple, AJ and Ayana live DIY school bus conversion tiny home that’s only 90 sqft. It’s their ticket to pursuing their passions, from art to gourmet cooking. AJ just released The Buslife Kitchen Cookbook for nomads, completely developed in their off-the-grid tiny kitchen!
“Well, it is certainly not the easiest environment to cook in, as I’m sure everybody would imagine. We have in there just a three-burner propane cooktop and a little bit of counter space, a tiny, tiny sink. So there is a lot of adversity to overcome in cooking really well. But it’s been a really fun challenge to learn how to cook really nice meals in a small space with a simple setup.
In July, I published my first cookbook, The Buslife Kitchen, which features 107 recipes from 15 different cuisines, all of which are developed in our kitchen. So they’re perfect for cooking in a tiny kitchen, all developed for the stovetop. There’s a whole section about baking on the stovetop, which is really handy if you live in a little space like ours where you can’t afford an oven.
Andy has always been really good at bringing people together with his food, and so having our first Thanksgiving on the road– Be in Joshua Tree with a few other nomads that we had met, and Andy’s roasting a turkey and baking a pumpkin pie and all of this on our tiny stove in our tiny kitchen. It’s a cool way to share your gifts and also bring people together.”
Impressively, The Buslife Kitchen was developed, written, and photographed, all from their extra tiny home. You can see that they have very little counter space, a three-burner propane stove, a small under-the-counter fridge, and an itty-bitty sink. Fortunately, AJ can use a lagoon-mounted table over their sofa for additional workspace.
AJ and Ayana definitely would go for a larger sink in a second build. Also, they’d move their stovetop further away from their Dometic refrigerator. Currently, the heat from cooking causes it and their solar system to work harder. This is not good for the lifespan of either.
Get your copy of The Buslife Kitchen cookbook here!