What 1950s Czechs Thought Our Kitchens Would Look Like

There’s something about the nice, round number of the year 2000 that appealed to forward-thinking types in the 1950s. Everyone had an idea of how we’d live (in the sky!), commute to work (in the sky!), and cure the common cold (research—in the sky!).

In 1957, a Czech short film demonstrated how women of the future might get around in the kitchen. While some of it is prescient—television shopping is indeed a thing—the idea of using punch cards to program small appliances is not yet a reality. We also can’t endorse the idea of idly putting your hands on a marble stovetop, even if you think it’s “completely cold.”

Check out the entire video to see how a giant glass bubble will future-cook a whole chicken any day now.

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TASCHEN
Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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