First edition of this early cookbook featuring electric appliances, in a brilliant metallic Art Deco publisher's binding.
"No blackened ceilings or walls in an electric kitchen. Electricity is white, not black, magic."
This cookbook seeks to demystify the use of electric-powered tools in the kitchen in the years leading up to World War II. Craig explains how to choose, use, and maintain an oven, toaster, fridge, water heater and more, alongside electrified recipes for English standards like Fish and Chips and Steak and Kidney Pudding. Among the benefits of electricity listed are: "Pots and pans used on electric cookers remain free from soot, " and "No joint can catch fire in an electric oven." Craig emphasizes the time saving nature of these new technologies: "If you want to reduce your work in the kitchen to a minimum, electrify your kitchen.... If you're a housewife, you'll have more time to yourself if you have one. If you're a business woman, you simply can't do without one." A wonderful period cookbook meant to educate consumers about the new possibility of "electrifying" their homes, a prospect still viewed dubiously by the general public.
London: The British Electrical Development Association Inc, 1937. 8'' x 4.75''. Original full pictorial metallic silver paper-covered boards stamped in blue and red. Frontispiece photogravure portrait of the author and ten double-sided photographic plates. Index and 8 blank pages for notes at the rear. 288,  pages. Light spotting to binding, foxing on endpapers and text block edges, interior clean.
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