They say that the kitchen is the most intimate room in the house and that cooking is an expression of the soul (like in that movie with Julia Roberts. Or maybe I’m thinking of that movie with Meryl Streep.) Whatever the case, you can learn a lot about a person from their attitude toward their kitchen. A few days ago, I decided to take my passion for kitchens and do some investigating at Kenyon. The following reports from real Kenyon students about their real Kenyon kitches are completely raw and unedited. Let’s see what they can cook up.*
The NCA Kitchen
Adam Reed ’15 is a young man of about 20 years old, living in an NCA with the “Kitchenmaster” Jacob Williams ’14. Adam and Jake like to cook many a meal in their NCA, although they are at times withholding about how they use their kitchen. (see above)
Hanna Washburn ’14: “I think my favorite thing is definitely having an oven, it really makes a big difference and I use it pretty frequently. There are so many possibilities!!!!! I don’t have any major complaints about the kitchen, I feel very lucky to have it.”
Celia Lown ’15: “I would say I use my kitchen occasionally if by kitchen you mean stove top. I use it to make Mac and cheese and my roommate sometimes makes drunk pasta. But that’s about it really.”
(Celia confirmed my suspicion that New Apts might be the “drunk kitchen” of Kenyon culinary life)
Skya Diaz ’14: “I really dislike the way that our sink/the counter top surrounding our sink is designed. It makes it impossible to appropriately dry dishes and also use the counter for anything else…A wonderful thing about our kitchen is that you can see the living room and dining room while you’re standing in it. That way, my housemates and I can be laughing, discussing our lives, while one of us boils water for tea or cocoa!”
Julia Greer ’15: “We microwave things a lot but don’t even have stovetops… It’s like, I should be able to put a cup on my counter… but I can’t.”
(Contrary to what you might think, Tafts apparently have everything going for them except kitchens).
*Sorry about this.