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The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History

by Nancy Hiller

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History Synopsis

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 Illustrated with original manufacturers' advertisements and sales literature-some of which is previously unpublished-as well as color and black-and-white photos, this long-overdue book on an icon of the early 20th-century kitchen will be an invaluable resource to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.

The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History Press Reviews

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 * Bloomsbury Review * 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 * 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 * Home & Away * 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 -- John Luke * American Bungalow * . . . a fascinating read about the social structure of the early kitchen and its women. . . . Very recommended. -- Jerry Sampson * Antiques Reference Books Reviews *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253314246
Publication date: 7th April 2009
Author: Nancy Hiller
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Furniture design,

About Nancy Hiller

Nancy R. Hiller is a cabinetmaker who has published in numerous period design and woodworking magazines, including American Bungalow, Old House Interiors, and Fine Woodworking. Since 1995, Hiller has operated and been principal designer at NR Hiller Design, Inc. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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