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The past is another country and besides the wench is dead

Press a button, and the dishwasher “walks” an electronic track to the dining table. Kitchen also has a robot floor cleaner and automatically adjustable sinks. By pressing buttons, Anne can prepare a complete meal without leaving the kitchen’s control panel.

March 1959. “Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating appliances and features of RCA-Whirlpool ‘Miracle Kitchen of the Future,’ a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow.”

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  • BillH October 28, 2018, 10:05 AM

    Seems like the kitchen stuff predictors have the worst track record of all. I can’t recall anything from any of these bygone spreads that ever made it. Predictors of auto tech and styling are about as bad I guess.

  • jwm October 28, 2018, 10:43 AM

    My wife and I have been struggling. Struggling with the controls on new made-in-Korea/China appliances. These controls were created by computer geeks who never so much as heated up a pack of ramen noodles over a real flame. I’m guessing they pick one guy on the team to look up all the specs and numbers from some cookbook somewhere, and enter the numbers into the food slots. Then they added handy features like being able to turn on the oven from your cell phone when you’re driving on the freeway. It has little or no relation to cooking food for actual people.

    Oh. And what demon spawn bastard from hell thought little musical jingles for ‘on-off’ timers was a good idea?


  • Gordon Scott October 28, 2018, 11:18 AM

    I find that there is joy in owning a really good pan. There’s more joy in knowing I paid $3 at a garage sale.

  • ghostsniper October 28, 2018, 1:20 PM

    That DW looks like it fell off the truck. Seriously, that’s the best wood they could drag out? And since when is wood used in a (wet) dishwasher?

    A friend in FL just completed his new home and was telling me about his new Wolf drawer style microwave. We need a new micro so I looked them up. They cost $1000+, no matter who the seller is they are all made by Sharp, and they all have a plethora of problem, from catching fire, to not sliding properly, to unable to accommodate anything more then 7″ high. I never liked that microwaves always hinge the doors on the left which means placing them against a right hand wall means you have to open the door all the way to gain entry. pfttt Kitchen design is just one of the many tools in my quiver.

    Yes, Gordon. A good pan. I just bought a new 8″ fry pan this week but haven’t used it yet. Non-stick, nice handle. If it turns out OK I’ll get the 12″ version too. I’m looking for a “camping” version of a non-stick 8″ or 10″ pan, that is, the handle collapses or removes for easy packing, and doesn’t cost the moon. And I’d like to have some glass lids that fit the 8″ and 12″. Seems nobody makes lids for fry pans any more.

  • Rob De Witt October 28, 2018, 1:24 PM

    To hell with the appliances, just imagine a smiling respectably-dressed woman happily working away in her very own kitchen.


    You’ll have to excuse me, I’ve just been binging on utube watching Betty White in her 30s and 40s making me feel glad to be male again.

  • Gordon Scott October 28, 2018, 1:52 PM

    I talked the wife into shopping at Macy’s for a large braising pan. We found a nice one, on sale, for about $75, with a glass lid, Ghost! She was a little sceptical about the whole thing, but I insisted we needed that sort of pan.

    Now it’s pretty much the only one she uses. Salsa, sausage gravy, smothered pork chops.

  • Daniel K Day October 28, 2018, 3:50 PM

    @gs: “since when is wood used in a (wet) dishwasher?”
    Within half an hour of the wedding, if one is lucky.

  • Roy Lofquist October 28, 2018, 4:44 PM

    I’m eyeing that prime rib roast in the background. All that lovely fat. Used to be you could buy one of those for your very own self. Then the Fat Nazis ruined everything. Now it’s watercress and shoe leather. Sigh!

  • Nori October 28, 2018, 4:50 PM

    The “robot floor cleaner” would be handy to clean up the soap & water sprayed out the open sides of that dishwasher. Looks more like a hollowed-out tv cabinet with racks.
    Nice prime rib roast she has decorating that shelf behind her.
    Don’t see a knife block. How can it be a real kitchen without a chef’s knife? The knives are what piqued my interest in cooking in the first place.

  • BlogDog October 28, 2018, 9:24 PM

    Ah Christopher Marlowe! I haven’t seen that reference since Eliot used it as an epigraph.

  • ghostsniper October 29, 2018, 4:47 AM

    @Daniel, HA HA HA! Good catch!

    @Nori, my wife picked up a “floor turtle” on Etsy that is part and parcel around our DW.
    Made of absorbent cloth, about 12″ in dia, and yes, looks like a turtle. I call it a foot mop. Step on it and swoop it around on the floor, then drape it over the water softener in the laundry room.

    @Gordon, $75 is pretty steep for this poor white share croppers chow.
    We don’t get too fancy when it comes to anything grub around here, after all, it all ends up in the same place. My wife would punch me in the face if I spent that much! lol

  • Marica October 29, 2018, 7:19 AM

    Where is her apron?

  • John the River October 29, 2018, 7:21 AM

    Just bought a new cast iron skillet with a grilling surface. My GF (who has a electric stove with a glass (?) top) thinks I’m crazy.
    Last winter we had the worse problems with loss of electric power I’ve ever had here in forty years. Without power the gas-fired forced hot water didn’t work.
    But I kept the interior of the house warm (above 60 degrees) by the simple expedient of putting all the cast iron on top of the gas stove, manually lighting the burners and keeping the cast iron cookware at 180 degrees and radiating .

  • Uncle Max October 29, 2018, 2:13 PM

    robot dishwasher? floor tracking?

    All I see is white privilege!

    The 50’s were so insanely optimistic! They didn’t know then, that within 15 years , all that would be dashed onto the heap of guilt and shameful opportunistic progressives that just wanted to knock the whole country down a few pegs and take over.

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