New York Edison, “Recipes for cooking by electricity,” 1911.

Americans had to be taught to use the new electrical devices. In 1911, New York Edison published a recipe book to show how the electrical appliances could be used to cook both basic and complicated foods. The very first item: how to toast bread in an electric toaster.

In skimming the recipes, what do you notice about how New York Edison presents the new electric cooking? How many different single-use cooking appliances can you find in the recipe book?


Recipes for Cooking by Electricity. New York: The New York Edison Company, 1911.

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