Kitchen Things: An Album of Vintage Utensils and Farm-Kitchen Recipes

Kitchen Things: An Album of Vintage Utensils and Farm-Kitchen Recipes

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by Richard Snodgrass
     
 

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Many home cooks—and professionals, as well—swear by the tried-and-true implements they’ve used for years: the Foley Food Mill that works like a charm every time; the manually operated juicer that’s a tradition of family breakfasts; the cast iron skillet that’s been handed down through the generations. For serious cooks, there’

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Many home cooks—and professionals, as well—swear by the tried-and-true implements they’ve used for years: the Foley Food Mill that works like a charm every time; the manually operated juicer that’s a tradition of family breakfasts; the cast iron skillet that’s been handed down through the generations. For serious cooks, there’s nothing like a familiar implement, a thing that works exactly as you expect it to.

Similarly, most people usually have a library of favorite recipes on which they rely: some passed along from relatives and friends, others from mentors and teachers. These are the recipes cooks return to time and time again, in part because they evoke memories of the people who have enjoyed them and prepared them in the past.

Kitchen Things, by master photographer and respected novelist Richard Snodgrass, celebrates these well-loved objects and recipes and showcases them in an unexpected way—a way that touches upon the science of food, the physics of cooking, the sensory pleasures of eating, and indeed the very nature of life itself.

In his reflections, the author is aided by his patient, persistent, and very perceptive wife, Marty, and her mother, from whose Western Pennsylvania farmhouse kitchens the objects and recipes were sourced. The gentle, often humorous repartee between the author and these wise and knowing women forms a running narrative throughout the book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Kitchen Things reads like a personal cooking diary that brings me back to the everyday joys I discover with simple tools like salt and pepper shakers and wooden spoons. Paired with black-and-white photography, archived 'farm-kitchen' recipes, and personal anecdotes from the author, an undeniable sense of nostalgia and love for the common kitchen comes from reading this book.”
— Michael Mina, celebrity chef

“The photographs that appear in Kitchen Things are simple, but striking. These vintage tools, presented on a black slate, force you to use your imagination and conjure memories. As I flipped through the pages, I began to create scenes in my mind—a sun-filled killed in the 1950s with yellow and white wallpaper and thin creaky, wooden chairs. The counter-top is covered with bowls of eggs, whole milk, flour, and several of these kitchen things scattered about. I want the pie that’s baking in the oven so badly, I can smell it!”
— Daniel Krieger, freelance food photographer, nycfoodphotographer.com

“Richard Snodgrass is a storyteller. You can feel a story being told in every one of his photographs. And when combined with his writing—more stories—the result is singular work full of passion and compassion.”
— Linda Connor, photographer and founder, PhotoAlliance

“For the antique collector and lover of all things vintage, Richard Snodgrass' book is a coffee-table must. It brings those things in great-grandma's cupboard to the page - corn shucks that resemble driftwood daggers, for example, or a Mexican whisk that looks more like a disco ball. Through conversations with his wife and her family, author Snodgrass explains their significance. There are some recipes of ‘the things they ate’ thrown in for good measure.”
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Linda Connor
“Richard Snodgrass is a storyteller. You can feel a story being told in every one of his photographs. And when combined with his writing—more stories—the result is singular work full of passion and compassion.”
Michael Mina
Kitchen Things reads like a personal cooking diary that brings me back to the everyday joys I discover with simple tools like salt and pepper shakers and wooden spoons. Paired with black-and-white photography, archived 'farm-kitchen' recipes, and personal anecdotes from the author, an undeniable sense of nostalgia and love for the common kitchen comes from reading this book.”
Daniel Krieger
“The photographs that appear in Kitchen Things are simple, but striking. These vintage tools, presented on a black slate, force you to use your imagination and conjure memories. As I flipped through the pages, I began to create scenes in my mind—a sun-filled killed in the 1950s with yellow and white wallpaper and thin creaky, wooden chairs. The counter-top is covered with bowls of eggs, whole milk, flour, and several of these kitchen things scattered about. I want the pie that’s baking in the oven so badly, I can smell it!”
SFgate.com
“For the antique collector and lover of all things vintage, Richard Snodgrass' book is a coffee-table must. It brings those things in great-grandma's cupboard to the page - corn shucks that resemble driftwood daggers, for example, or a Mexican whisk that looks more like a disco ball. Through conversations with his wife and her family, author Snodgrass explains their significance. There are some recipes of ‘the things they ate’ thrown in for good measure.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626360365
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
11/06/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Snodgrass has been artist in residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, and at LightWork, University of Syracuse. He is also the recipient of a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His photographs are included in the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of Art and in private collections and galleries nationwide. His books include the critically acclaimed novel There’s Something in the Back Yard and the photographic commemoration of the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial, An Uncommon Field. Selections of Kitchen Things originally appeared in TABLE magazine, where he is a regular contributor. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Marty, and two indomitable female tuxedo cats, raised from feral kittens, named Frankie and Becca. For more information, go to www.rsnodgrass.com.

Christina French is a publisher, writer, and communicator dedicated to changing the way we think about food. Christina started TABLE Magazine in 2006 to introduce a fresh way of thinking about the quality and character of regional food culture. She commits time to programs and community efforts to support a healthy food supply, economy and culture.

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SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
This is part art/coffee table book and part cookbook, but completely fun!! Great black & white photos of old kitchen utensils scattered with old farm-style recipes that can take you back to your childhood and beyond! I've used many of the items in this book, saw my grandparents use others and there's even a few I've never seen before! The photos are great and it's a joy just to slowly look through this book. Ummmm! Butterscotch cookies, cornmeal mush, baked beans, scalloped oysters, creamed potatoes, lemon pie.....need I go on? If you're looking for a book filled to the brim with recipes, this is not for you. If you, like me, love all things kitchen & cooking and like vintage things, you'll love this book!! I received a copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.