300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles 5th Edition
Pros: information, information, information
Cons: print is pretty small for old eyes, but the book is almost a thousand pages, larger print and it would be even longer!
300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles 5th edition is a massive work of nearly a thousand pages, with thousands of listings, photos and recipes. It has, according to the front cover Completely updated pricing and an all new color section.
I am a collector of kitchen junque, mainly that of the depression era, but now and then I see something intriguing at the jumble shop for next to nothing as a cost and put it into my basket.
The comprehensive Table of Contents is a gem beginning with an introduction & How to collect online.
Offered in eight sections the book begins with Preparation the doo dads, gizmos and whingdings needed for coring and cutting stirring and churning, straining and sifting, shaping and decorating. And more. This section begins on page 11 ends on 405 and separated into 4 parts.
The next segment is Measuring, pages 406-440. Holding & Handling, 4 segments, is found on pages 440 -558, Cooking 5 sections begins on page 559 and ends at 737. Preserving runs, 2 segments, 738 – 784, Furnishing 778 – 802, Electrifying work 803 – 844.
Researching comprising 5 segments beginning 845 – 887 offer information regarding researching patents, patent numbers and dates, patent Tuesdays and perpetual calendar, bibliography, and a German English utensil glossary.
A visual glossary with parts and handles 888-890 and index 891 round out the work with a color photo section following chapter XV, regarding preserving of foods and the things used in doing so.
I find this work to be fascinating for the collector of stuff, historian or docent for local museum, antique and jumble shop proprietor as well as the collectors who haunt those shops.
Many photos as well as some drawings appearing to have been taken from original works are scattered all through the book. From apple corers page 11, to cherry stoners and green bean slicers and stringers ending on p 31 it appears our forebears did up a lot of fruit and canned beans for winter.
Chopping knives, corn graters, egg slicers, and scales for weighing eggs, grinders and graters can all be found on these pages. Some I have seen, some I have not. Some I have. For a time I collected orange squeezers, both glass reamers and metal handled affairs that is have on the shelf and see on these pages. After a time you begin to run out of room.
Page after page of kitchen tools, implements and things to aid the cooks in the kitchen of yore, and some still in use today are described, often pictured and often available at the local jumble shop. The pages filled with old time hand held egg beaters I find fascinating, and yes, I do have a number of the ones I see, they were hard to use when I was growing up and Mama sent one sister or another to whip egg whites for meringue, or whatever needed beating. Today mine adorn the walls of the breakfast nook, or hang suspended from the ceiling …. On the points of corn driers originally used for drying ears of corn. I use a blender or mixer today.
On page 145 I see my mayonnaise maker, I admire those ladies who were our grandmothers, they must have had wonderful arms, and well behaved children to help make the spread for sandwiches.
It is a thrill for those of us who enjoy the old treasures we see in dusty boxes to find so many widgets, whatchamacallits and doo hickeys all gathered in one book.
I have several of the old can openers, and in a pinch get one down to use, stab the pointy blade into the can, hold handle securely, work the blade around the top of the can, careful, don’t but it all the way across… makes the lid hard to pick out of the green beans. Use spoon, pry lid up and DON’T touch the rim of lid or the can, those jagged edges cause a nasty cut, not good for dripping into the beans. Thank goodness for electric or even those hand held ones we have today that do not leave a slice your fingers to the bone border.
150 years ago not only did cooks prepare the meals, but if a holiday was near there was no go to the store for a bag of chocolate eggs and a bunny for the babies’ basket. Candy molds and other apparatus for making candy of every type are shown on these pages. I have not found any of these in jumble shops, but perhaps it was because I did not what to look for before reading these pages.
Cooky cutters, butter molds for prettying up the butter to set on the table, and cooky molds were all a staple in the kitchen in days long gone. Doughnut cutters and wheels and things are not ones we use today, there was a day when doughnuts were truly a treat as the whole family gathered to stir and knead, roll and cut, drop and sugar and then feast on the delicacies not made on a regular basis.
Churns and ice cream molds, pie crimpers and jelly molds as well as rolling pins plain and fancy, garnishing cutters to pretty up the veggies and make them appealing to children, waffle irons some electric and some not, every kind of pan you can imagine, measuring tools from spoons to clocks to hanging thermometers to … you name it, it is likely to be found.
Even pot holders have their place in this book, from the cloth type my granny made to crocheted… I didn’t make them but 2 of mine are on page 444!
Flue covers, cook stoves, stovetop ovens and lifting gizmos for getting the fried potatoes or the pancakes out of the pan or off the griddle are featured. One of mine is on page 666, it hangs with others from more of the corn driers in the nook.
I’m glad I got this book!
I especially like the asides, post cards, recipes, hints, and cautions scattered throughout the work. Hints for research, patents and trade marks are all included. All in all a wonderful work for the serious collector, or for reading on a rainy day for a step back in time.
Happy to recommend 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles 5th edition
and to submit to the words to the July – August contest.
Book title: 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles 5th edition
Author: Linda Campbell Franklin
Series: 300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles
Paperback: 896 pages
Publisher: Krause Publ; Fifth Edition edition (April 2003)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1.8 inches