toaster: Its function is modest singe
both sides of a slice of bread yet that
function is considered so crucial that 88% of all American households
To be fair, a toaster is now more than a bread-browner, thanks to
ingenuity of the food industry. A toaster can also prepare main
courses from waffles to pizza, exotic international foods like bagels
and English muffins, and even desserts, thanks to the entire class
of foods known as toaster pastries.
rivals: Stoves and even toaster ovens are unwieldy; microwaves have
no soul. But a toaster is like a small, tabletop hearth; the smells
and foods that emerge from it whisper, Home!