It's hard to fathom how this undersized appliance could ever produce dinner for two, let alone a holiday feast. I guess you'd have to prepare one dish at a time—and keep the wine flowing during those prolonged gaps between courses. Despite its claimed cooking proficiencies, the 1940-era Bantam didn't actually live up to the definition of 'range', as it lacked any burners. But far be it from me to nitpick the progenitor of the toaster—or maybe the Easy-Bake?—oven.
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.