The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

by Nancy R. Hiller

Hardcover

$34.95

Overview

Loaded with labor and time-saving conveniences, the Hoosier cabinet was among the earliest design innovations of the modern American kitchen. This culinary workstation allowed owners to maintain an efficient and clutter-free kitchen by centralizing utensils, cookware, tools, and ingredients all the while providing a space in which to prepare the meals of the day. Bloomington-based cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet making and thorough knowledge of interior design to deliver an entertaining, beautiful, and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home. Illustrated with original manufacturers' advertisements and sales literature—some of which is previously unpublished—as well as color and black-and-white photos, this long-overdue book on an icon of the early 20th-century kitchen will be an invaluable resource to cabinetmakers, antiques enthusiasts, and homeowners planning a period-inspired kitchen.

Editorial Reviews

American Bungalow - John Luke

"Nancy Hiller has produced a book that is as much a small gem of American social and cultural history as it is the history of a product or (less so) of a company.Summer 2009, Number 62"

Home & Away

"Cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet-making to deliver an entertaining, beautiful and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home. July/August 2009"

Bloomsbury Review

"Hiller's authoritative narrative will provide welcome background and detail for historians—amatuer and professional—but the illustrations—old and new—are just as likely to appeal to a contemporary generation of cabinetmakers, drawn to the functional beauty of this antique concept. December 01, 2009"

Nuvo

"Pick it up, start reading and you won't want to put it down. Crazy as it sounds, a story about kitchens is full of wonderment, excitement, and down-home wisdom. The history part is equally engrossing..."

Antiques Reference Books Reviews - Jerry Sampson

"... a fascinating read about the social structure of the early kitchen and its women.... Very recommended."

From the Publisher

"Hiller's authoritative narrative will provide welcome background and detail for historians—amatuer and professional—but the illustrations—old and new—are just as likely to appeal to a contemporary generation of cabinetmakers, drawn to the functional beauty of this antique concept." —Bloomsbury Review

"Cabinetmaker Nancy R. Hiller draws on her years of specialty cabinet-making to deliver an entertaining, beautiful and informative history of the Hoosier cabinet—revealing its influence on the development of the contemporary American home." —Home & Away, July/August 2009

"Nancy Hiller has produced a book that is as much a small gem of American social and cultural history as it is the history of a product or (less so) of a company." —John Luke, American Bungalow

"Pick it up, start reading and you won't want to put it down. Crazy as it sounds, a story about kitchens is full of wonderment, excitement, and down-home wisdom. The history part is equally engrossing..." —Nuvo

"Old house owners and restorers, interior designers, architects, contractors, historic preservationists, kitchen designers, and antique collectors would love a book like this." —Jane Powell, author of Bungalow Kitchens

"... a fascinating read about the social structure of the early kitchen and its women.... Very recommended." —Jerry Sampson, Antiques Reference Books Reviews

Mary Ellen Polson

"In a very real sense, the Hoosier cabinet was a key element in the transformation of the American kitchen from the little-seen, out-of-the-way domain of servants to the focus of all family activity. This book should appeal to the American imagination." —Mary Ellen Polson, senior editor of Old House Interiors magazine

Jane Powell

"Old house owners and restorers, interior designers, architects, contractors, historic preservationists, kitchen designers, and antique collectors would love a book like this." —Jane Powell, author of Bungalow Kitchens

Antiques Reference Books Reviews

"... a fascinating read about the social structure of the early kitchen and its women.... Very recommended." —Jerry Sampson, Antiques Reference Books Reviews

— Jerry Sampson

American Bungalow

"Nancy Hiller has produced a book that is as much a small gem of American social and cultural history as it is the history of a product or (less so) of a company." —John Luke, American Bungalow

— John Luke

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253314246
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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