Food writer Kathleen Thompson Hill with antique eggbeaters
My father held me up to the refrigerator and pointed to the letters.
“Fri-gid-aire,” He sounded it out.
“Fwi-gid-aiwre,” I repeated.
It was my first multi-syllable word. My father took guests into the kitchen to demonstrate how highly-advanced I was.
We all have memories of the kitchen. Licking dough off of a spoon. The first time you were allowed to handle a knife.
Food writer Kathleen Thompson Hill has been collecting kitchen gizmos since the 1980s. They range from a 1790s citrus squeezer to a modern green plastic model shaped like a frog. In between is an enormous variety of choppers, squeezers, beaters, grinders, pulverizers, toasters and other devices designed to torture our foods into edible form.
“Kitchen Memories: The Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection” features a large sampling of her vast collection. I asked Kathleen if she could be considered a hoarder, to which she replied, “Hoarders don’t catalog.”