Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Lawful Prey

Photo courtesy Flickr user pcurto
About a year ago I fell for the superficially traditional lines of an inexpensive enameled-steel tea kettle. I wanted a kettle made of ferrous metal to use with an induction hotplate, the current stellar performer in the kitchen. The new vessel took four times longer to boil water than the plastic hot pot I’d been using. I surplussed the thing, finally having learned to cut my losses quickly.

Art historian John Ruskin said, “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.” Yup. Last week, I stumbled across an iteration of the same product, this time from the old line French manufacturer of orange enameled cast iron cookware, still my favorite. I thought the kettle worth a shot, and it is unquestionably a winner. The lid is insulated, and the proportions of the traditional curves channel heat into the water rather than the surrounding environment. 

This comfortable old house thrives on comfortable old design. French and kitchen go together like chocolate and pears.


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