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If you're one of the 200 million Americans who drink coffee every day, you may have marveled at the ubiquitous plastic coffee cup lid, with its clever combination of indentations, protrusions, tabs, and score lines that can be pinched, pulled, pushed, punctured, and tucked to create an opening to sip from while also keeping a piping-hot liquid in its place. Louise Harpman and Scott Specht have collected these familiar triumphs of industrial design, in... more...

The only collector's guide and comprehensive historical reference source for antique electric waffle irons and the appliance industry that made them. Profusely illustrated and with a dating and value guide listing over 1100 models of waffle irons and grills made from 1900-1960

The 1950s was the first great age of the modern kitchen: labor-saving appliances, bright colors and the novelty of fitted units moved the kitchen from dankness into light, where it became the domain of the happy housewife and the heart of the home. Formica - a new space-age material - decorated with fashionable patterns topped sleek cupboards that contained new classic wares such as Pyrex and 'Homemaker' crockery, and the ingredients for 1950s British... more...

This comprehensive collector's guide provides more than 1,300 colour photographs and current prices for collectibles in the kitchen, bathroom and beyond. Includes many listings which are not featured anywhere else, including napkin doll ladies, figural egg timers, laundry sprinkler bottles, whistle cups, toothbrush holders, plus much more. Vintage advertisements and original patents offer valuable historical background information. The book also... more...

Collecting salt and pepper shakers is a hobby with a little something for everyone. Whether you fancy figurals, go-togethers, hangers, kissers, nesters, stackers or long-boys, you'll quickly discover the pricing and identifying details you need in Antique Trader Salt and Pepper Shaker Price Guide. This go-to guide will help you easily assess your favorite collectible condiment containers.

The companion to French Comfort Food, Le French Oven showcases authentic, tantalizing French recipes that can be created in the cocotte―the French version of a Dutch oven―in all of its sizes and shapes, from mini to large. Using various techniques such as braising, stewing, roasting, baking, stovetop, and frying, Le French Oven will teach how to create appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts, and more. It includes information... more...

Over the course of the past century, the kitchen, more than any other room in the modern dwelling, has been the focus of intensive aesthetic and technological innovation. Historically, European and American kitchens were often drab, poorly ventilated, and hidden from view in a basement or annex. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, however, the kitchen became a central concern of modernism and a testing ground for new materials and technologies.... more...