Kitchen Memories: Antique kitchen gadgets as art (video)

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.”

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