Thank you for this question about wood floors in the kitchen. Wood floors are to me very beautiful, okay? I love the look of the wood and bamboo flooring does look great. The way I see it is real wood from western trees looks beautiful until they get scuffed up and dishes, pots, and pans get dropped on them then they start looking fairly bad. I think the wood in a kitchen should not be done because of the store mentioned things that fall onto the floor but add water too, and you have a combination for rapid disintegration of the wood. Now bamboo on the other hand you can pretty well place it under water and it will come out looking fairly good.
I am a huge fan of terrazzo flooring. You can make beautiful designs in it and have wonderful colors in it too. The downside to it is when you drop a glass or plate, bowl on it, it will get broken into pieces. The upside to terrazzo is if your house gets flooded just wash the house out with a hose, let the floor dry and you are all set to go and start living in it again.
So here is the bottom line, What type of flooring do you like and are willing to take care of? Then that is the flooring you should use in your home! Gil Gray HD