Japanese cookie cooking rack

Japanese cookie cooking rack

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Fortune cookies are prone to unraveling. In order to transform the thin wafers to the iconic fortune cookie shape that we know and love today, the circular cookie is folded into half, with the point edges pulled to touch each edge. It is important that this shape is held in place while it cools, and thus the cooling rack is necessary.
It is easy to see the coevolution with which the senbei cookie cooling rack evolved into the fortune cookie cooling rack as it made the senbei underwent the transformation into the American phenomenon. The overall shape and material of the cooling rack is synonymous, the only notable difference being the widened grooves in order to accommodate for the folding of the fortune cookie.
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Object Name
Japanese Cookie Cooling Rack
Japanese cookie cooling rack
date made
1950 ca
Place Made
United States: California
Associated Place
United States: California
overall: 3 in x 37 7/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 7.62 cm x 96.2025 cm x 6.6675 cm
top: 37 7/8 in x 1 3/8 in; x 96.2025 cm x 3.4925 cm
bottom: 15 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in; x 40.005 cm x 6.6675 cm
teeth: 3/4 in x 1 3/8 in; x 1.905 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Brian Kito on behalf of Fugetsu-do Confectionery L.A.
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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