Hold on just one minute, Frigidaire. This ad throws down the gauntlet in the first sentence, boasting that the '...exclusive Heat-Minder Unit "thinks" for you, watches food better than you can...'. Unless the range features the 1955 equivalent of a web cam, the only watching that will be done will still be by the mindful cook. I will give credit to the early appearance of a cooktop thermostat, though; a distant ancestor of today's induction technology, it seems the most intelligent element of the Thinking Top. It certainly surpasses the Deep-Well Cooker, whose shortcomings are in full evidence here.
Leslie Clagett is a seasoned yet passionate observer of the international kitchen
and bath industries, and the founder of KBCULTURE.com. An editor at publications ranging from Arts +
Architecture to Kitchens & Baths, she is also the author of The New
City Home [The Taunton Press], among other books. Leslie has a
tremendous respect for quality design and the people who labor in its
pursuit; her discerning eye has been known to get a little misty in the
presence of true beauty.