The L-shaped kitchen layout works well for large families because of its openness. Family members can be involved in the cooking or they can be out of the way. This design can also utilize an island, but does not have to involve that aspect of the room.
The island in this space acts as an extra counter, but also doubles as an eat in breakfast bar. The kitchen is large enough that the island addition does not get in the way. Having the stove in the island makes it easy to serve hot, fresh food to anyone sitting at the small bar. It can also double as a work space when the stove is not in use.
The L-shaped kitchen uses two walls in the kitchen or one wall and sticks the other portion of the kitchen out into empty space. The design works well when attached to a nearby dining room and can allow access to guests and family members while meal preparation goes on.