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Kitchen Things: An Album of Vintage Utensils and Farm-Kitchen Recipes Hardcover – November 6, 2013
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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 minda 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 writingmore storiesthe 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.”
About 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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The photographs were beautiful and caused me to look at some of the ancient and battered untensils in my kitchen drawers with kinder eyes and greater appreciation. The accompanying stories were delightful and reminded me of members of my family that were from a simpler time, but now are gone. The experience was sweetly nostalgic and brought back dear and forgoten memories.
I thought the pictures were lovely. How pleasant to be shown the intrinsic beauty of such old and familiar items from my childhood. The accompaning stories were delightful and charming.
The book itself is great, though. Lots of cool, old-time gadgets and the history of them. The recipes brought back lots of memories for my Mom, too.
A truly five star effort, hats off to Richard Snodgrass.