Menu Minder, A Recipe Calculator

Description
This rotating cylindrical table helps a cook to alter the quantities of ingredients in recipes.
A three-column table on the left side indicates how quantities should be multiplied for a recipe with four servings to one with six or eight servings. The rightmost column (for four servings) has the numbers 1, 1-1/3, 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, and 12, with the numbers in the middle column ranging from 1 1/2 to 18 and the numbers in the third column from 2 to 24.
A second table show how one should alter the number of cups, tablespoons and teaspoons in a recipe to change it by a factor of 3, 2, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 2/3, or 1/3. The cylinder has knobs at both ends for rotation. It is enclosed in a brown plastic case with a clear plastic front that has a sticker attached to it. Two windows in the sticker show the tables.
A mark on the center of the sticker reads: MENU MINDER (/) A RECIPE CALCULATOR. A mark on its right edge reads; COPYRIGHT WILLE ENTERPRISES 1974. A mark on the back reads: MFG BY (/) PROTO PRODUCTION PLAS [. . .] (/) BOULDER COLO. The mark on the back is partly obscured by two of five magnets that will hold the Menu Minder to a metal surface.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mathematical table
date made
1974
maker
Willie Enterprises
manufacturer
Proto Production Plastic
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.5 cm x 24.7 cm x 7 cm; 3 11/32 in x 9 23/32 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
2001.3103.01
nonaccession number
2001.3103
catalog number
2001.3103.01
subject
Science & Mathematics
Mathematical Charts and Tables
Mathematics
Food Culture
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Mathematical Charts and Tables
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Joan P. Nichols

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