Kitchens appear to occupy no middle ground. They assume the personalities of their cooks and vice versa. They can be as;
• cheerful, commodious, and creative as their most accomplished, applauded chefs;
• daunted, desperate, and disorderly as their most fearful, overwhelmed hash-slingers.
Either way, they generally do not get included on lists of quiet get-away places, rooms, and spaces. Unmistakable screams of horror apart, the level of kitchen-emanated noise typically gives no clue as to course or outcome of the food being prepared. For example, the Franciscan friars of the Alcantrine Reform at the Loreto monastery have no idea of the cluelessness behind the noisy kitchen of culinary Patron Saint “Pascual and the Kitchen Angels.”