The Mexican Kitchen—Authentic Mexican Cookware Set

Description (Brief):

Nordic Ware, a family-owned manufacturing firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1946 by brothers Dave and Mark Dalquist, as “Plastics for Industry.” In 1950, the brothers bought Northland Aluminum Products, a small firm with a line of “Nordic Ware” products including griddles and steak platters. The same year, Dave Dalquist created a cast aluminum, fluted cake pan and trademarked it as the “Bundt” pan. The company continued to grow its product line to include specialty baking and cookware items, including the microwave turntable. Nordic Ware is notable due to its history of product innovation through engineering, and its continued production of cookware in the United States.

Description (Brief)

This Mexican Kitchen Cookware Set was manufactured by Nordic Ware in 1982. The set consists of three items: an aluminum tortilla press with a sun design, a taco maker including a wire basket to shape the tacos, and a cup shell former that holds down and shapes tortillas as they fry. This Mexican cookware set was part of Nordic Ware’s “International Specialties” line, developed to meet expanding customer interest in cuisines from different cultures. The cookware came with a set of recipes.

Maker: Nordic Ware

Place Made: United States: Minnesota, Minneapolis

Subject: Household Tools and Equipment


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Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Nordic Ware thru H. David Dalquist, President & CEO

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0034.04Catalog Number: 2007.0034.04Accession Number: 2007.0034

Object Name: Mexican cookware set

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (handle material)Measurements: overall: 4 in x 12 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 31.75 cm x 16.51 cm


Record Id: nmah_1321939

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