I like to cook—but if I had been born 200 years ago I’m not sure that would have been the case. Can you imagine trying to whip up that Church Lady Cake in one of these?
It really takes “slaving over a hot stove” to a whole new level:
It was 95 degrees that day. Note the "spice rack" on the right.
Of course, if you served under General Washington, your stove would look more like this:
Cooking at Yorktown
Mind you, to get to this new land, you’d have had to cross the ocean (which took weeks and weeks and….) in a wee little boat cooking in a wee little kitchen.
Below deck on the Susan Constant in Jamestown.
Once in your new settlement (in swampy, bug-infested, hotter than England ever though of being) Jamestown it’d be best to do the baking outside.
If you were lucky enough to work for President Jefferson at Monticello (we’re bouncing through time a bit here, try not to get dizzy), then you’d have an industrial model stove.
Look, multiple burners!
Despite the lack of modern conveniences, cooks have always been a resourceful lot, so they managed to pull off dishes like this:
A feast fit for a royal governor. Kitchen at Williamsburg's Governor's Palace
Impressive, isn’t it? BTW, the cook at the Governor’s Palace told us all those “rising before dawn to start cooking breakfast” stories were malarkey—as she pointed out, “Have you ever tried to cook by candlelight?”
So the next time you find yourself standing in front of a microwave muttering, “Hurry UP, I haven’t got all minute!” take just a moment to appreciate the comforts and conveniences twenty-first century has to offer. Happy cooking!
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