Bittman wrote an article about small kitchens this week in the NY Times not being a problem. He wrote that he tested recipes and wrote articles in small kitchens and with electric burners.
I agree with him but with one hesitation. Let me tell you about my kitchen:
I took this picture from the door to the living room, the door to my bedroom is off camera on the other side of the fridge.
My apartment now does not have central air; I live in an older building that has been rehabbed. We use 2 window units with one in the living room and one in the bedroom. The kitchen has a door to the living room and a door to the bedroom. This summer when I cooked or baked I closed both doors and put a fan in the window. Sometimes this summer it was over 100F in the kitchen.
I was so excited about getting a gas stove and oven when I moved into this apartment. For the previous 5 years I used electric and my food tasted great but it was a pain to use.
I was also thrilled that I had enough counter space for my Kitchen Aid mixer, my food processor, toaster (which broke and was replaced with Pat’s toaster oven which is even bigger), my microwave, and my blender. Most of these things have lived on my kitchen cart for the last few years.
My food isn’t any better because of my kitchen but like getting technical running socks to wear instead of cotton, a bigger kitchen makes it easier. If I have enough space, I don’t have to put a piece of plywood over the sink to add counter space. If I have a gas stove my pans heat more quickly and evenly.
I enjoy my upgrades and some day I will have a kitchen that someone else can cook in at the same time (if I let them).
So I agree with Bittman but a bigger, nicer kitchen can make it a little easier and a little more enjoyable.