Thanksgiving kitchen capers

The chef

The chef

Described in the text as “Mister Murphy, the cook from France,”  this character is clearly a forerunner of  Mr. Potato Head.  The exhaustive site dedicated to the history and collecting of this beloved toy does not mention the inventor’s George Lerner’s forebearers, Aunt Jo and Uncle George…

Aunt Jo and Uncle George.  Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom.  (Kritterkraft Books)  Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1922.

 

The carnivore's pièce de resistance

The carnivore’s pièce de resistance

This appears to be what today’s foodies call a heritage breed of bird without the modern factory-farm turkey’s huge breast (it’s actually a wild turkey).  According to the plate’s explanatory text, the turkey was brought from American to Europe by Jesuit missionaries in 1524 and was named after the  country of Turkey from whence so many luxuries were imported.

The Illustrated Book of Natural History in Four Parts.  Part I.  Printed in Oil Colors by Henry B. Ashmead. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, c. 1858.

The vegetarian alternative

The vegetarian alternative

This recipe (or elementary food sculpture) shows that Joost Elfers, Saxton Freyman, and Johannes van Dam were real Johnny-come-latelies when it comes to the art of playing with food.The vegetarian alternative

Elizabeth and Louise Bache.  When Mother Lets Us Make Candy.  New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1915.

 

The state-of-the-art kitchen circa 1820

The state-of-the-art kitchen circa 1820

The Comic Adventures of Old Dame Trot, and Her Cat: Correctly Printed from the Original in the Hubbardonian Library.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1820.

 

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The Comic Adventures of Old Dame Trot, and Her Cat: Correctly Printed from the Original in the Hubbardonian Library.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1820.

 

The sommelier has selected a very special bottle of wine for tonight

The sommelier has selected a very special bottle of wine for tonight

The Comic Adventures of Old Dame Trot, and Her Cat: Correctly Printed from the Original in the Hubbardonian Library.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1820.

 

"No dessert for you, young lady, until you eat those Brussel sprouts!"

“No dessert for you, young lady, until you eat those Brussel sprouts!”

Aunt Jo and Uncle George.  Kritters of the Kitchen Kingdom.  (Kritterkraft Books)  Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1922.

 

Only two desserts this year??????

Only two desserts this year??????

The Courtship, Merry Marriage and Pic Nic Dinner of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren.  To Which is Added, Alas!  The Doleful Death of the Bridgegroom.  London: J. Harris and Son, 1820.

 

Other people use Chinet at Thanksgiving when there is a crowd...

Other people use Chinet at Thanksgiving when there is a crowd…

Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper.  Illustrated with Elegant and Appropriate Engravings.  London: J. Harris, 1808.

 

Where did all the left-overs go????!!!!

Where did all the left-overs go????!!!!

Grace Kasson & E. Tschantré, Jr.  Tin Tan Tales: A Book for Children.  London: Ernest Nister/ New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., [not after 1912, c1897].

 

Our apologies to the authors and illustrators of these children’s books from whence these images have been wrested and placed in not entirely appropriate contexts!

 Have a happy holiday weekend from Team Cotsen!

Aaron Pickett, Andrea Immel, Dana Sheridan, and Jeff Barton

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One thought on “Thanksgiving kitchen capers

  1. Never knew Mr.Potato head was previously Mr. Murphy. It’s amazing how this “toy” is still a children’s toy icon.

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