Here in Boston when you are looking at ads for an apartment, the big seller is EIK
. Eat In Kitchen. That means it is big enough to put a table and chairs in it and still have room to work. Until I moved into an efficiency apartment, I always had an EIK. It was the place where the whole family got together at meal time. And it was where my second husband proposed to me while he watched me cooking supper. So whether you have an island or EIK, it still is the center of family living.
It was where I and my first husband taught our kids to become great cooks. Every night one of my kids was in the kitchen with me sitting at the table peeling veggies, breading fish or other meat, etc. When they became old enough, they stood at the stove turning the meat or eggs, bacon, and watching other foods. My youngest daughter loved to sit at the table and read my husband's copy of the JOC, original first edition.
There was no radio or TV in my kitchen, ever. Family sounds were all you were ever going to hear.