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America’s Kitchens
Nancy Carlisle, Melinda Talbot Nasardinov, Jennifer Pustz




Historic New England
2008 • 198 pp. 187 illus. (123 color) 8 1/2 x 11"
New England Cooking / Interior Design / New England History

$34.95 Paperback, 978-0-88448-308-3



“Innovatively designed and lavishly illustrated with historic drawings, photographs, and a fascinating array of ephemera from Historic New England's diverse collections, "America's Kitchens' describes what... [continued in Reviews below]”—Antiques Journal

History buffs, designers, and cooks of all ages will enjoy seeing what Americans have considered ideal for kitchen design over our 200-plus year history

It is amazing what this one room--at times a harried workspace and at others the sentimental heart of the home--has meant to people over the course of more than four centuries.

America's Kitchens tells the story of this important room and features New England hearths, detached kitchens on southern plantations, Spanish colonial kitchens of the Southwest, elaborate nineteenth-century kitchens in the Midwest, and middle-class open-plan homes of 1950s suburbia. The book traces technological developments such as the introduction of the cast-iron cookstove, the efficiency of the Hoosier cabinet, and the impact of the frozen food industry to suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women's lives.

Innovatively designed and lavishly illustrated with historic drawings, photographs, and a fascinating array of ephemera from Historic New England's diverse collections, America's Kitchens describes what it was like to live with and work in kitchens that had none of the conveniences we take for granted. At the same time, the book analyzes the profound place of the kitchen in our own lives today.

Reviews / Endorsements

"...Innovatively designed and lavishly illustrated with historic drawings, photographs, and a fascinating array of ephemera from Historic New England's diverse collections, "America's Kitchens' describes what it was like to live with and work in kitchens that had none of the conveniences we take for granted. At the same time, the book analyzes the profound place of the kitchen in our own lives today..." —Antiques Journal

"...a compelling homage to the beloved room within the home that is central to our lives in so many respects...richly embellished with paintings, photographs and historic drawings..."—Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin

"...It's the kitchen that's the most evocative room in the American household. The authors of America's Kitchens reaffirm that fact of national life in this fascinating compilation of words and images that trace the room's evolution from the "hearth way of life" in the colonies all the way to the granite-topped, open-plan kitchen extravaganzas of today...."—The Culinary Times

"......Innovatively designed and lavishly illustrated with historic drawings, photographs and a fascinating array of ephemera from Historic New England's diverse collections, America's Kitchens describes what it was like to live with and work in kitchens that had none of the conveniences we take for granted. At the same time, the book analyzes the profound place of the kitchen in our own lives today."—Kennebec Journal



A curator for more than twenty years at Historic New England, NANCY CARLISLE works with some of the most important historic kitchens in the country and has written and lectured widely on the material culture of domestic life. MELINDA TALBOT NASARDINOV, a former assistant curator at Historic New England, is a graduate of the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and writes about American decorative arts and the history of domestic life.



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