Do You Have a Good Traditional Food Kitchen?

Do You Have a Good Traditional Food Kitchen?

Let’s talk about some practicalities about loving your kitchen, starting with this very realistic truth:

Unless you have a very unusual living situation (usually in an older house), your kitchen was likely not designed to prepare traditional foods. You probably have what Laurie and I like to call a “grocery store kitchen.”

For the past seventy years or so, we’ve been a people of the grocery store. We prepare food from cans and boxes which we can shop for anytime we need to, so there isn’t much call for extensive storage space of large items. We often order takeout. After we finish eating, we usually throw food in the fridge and put our dishes in the dishwasher, then we leave the kitchen and don’t come back until breakfast. We also like to buy kitchen appliances that we don’t use (the George Foreman grill, anyone?) but need to be put somewhere (or kept shiny on a countertop).

Like it or not, our kitchens are designed around this lifestyle. They’re grocery store kitchens.

The traditional food kitchen is a little different. It’s not designed for can-to-microwave convenience. Instead, it’s organized around functional areas, which is really just a fancy way of saying that it’s made to be used — intentionally and efficiently.

Traditional kitchens are organized around four basic functions: preparing food, cooking food, cleaning, and storage.

Your goal in transitioning your kitchen to a traditional kitchen is to ensure that (a) you have a prepping space, a cooking space, a cleaning space, and a storage space. Then, once you’ve delineated in your own mind where each of these areas of function are you organize each area so its function is clear and that you can work efficiently in it.

Sound simple? It really is.

And here’s the beauty of the thing: once you have each of these functional areas in your kitchen, you have a good kitchen.


You don’t have to run out and buy expensive stuff. It doesn’t matter if the towels match or if your oven heats perfectly evenly. It doesn’t matter if you occasionally have to bang your timer on the side of a ledge to get it to work properly.

And it doesn’t matter if your areas of function are small, either. Are they adequate? Can you make them work with cheerfulness and ingenuity?

Then you have a good kitchen. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that freeing?

(Interested in more? Click here to read about how to build a truly healing table.)