Microwave Egg Cooker

Microwave Egg Cooker

Usage conditions apply
This red, egg-shaped cooker is made of microwave-safe plastic for use in microwave ovens. It takes no time at all to cook an egg in this device: a mere 30 seconds will cook a soft-boiled egg and 50 seconds will deliver the egg in hard-boiled form. This egg cooker was among the gadgets in Julia Child’s home kitchen, collected by the National Museum of American History in 2001.
Julia Child, the beloved American cooking teacher, cookbook author, and television personality, was a self-described “gadget freak.” She collected kitchen tools throughout her long career and received many gadgets as gifts from friends and colleagues. The origin and actual use of this egg cooker is unknown, but, since Julia’s kitchen did not include a microwave oven in 2001, it is safe to assume she kept the microwave egg cooker for some reason other than to use it for cooking one egg at a time.
Object Name
cookware, microwave
cooker, egg, microwave
date made
ca 1990
Precis Plastic
United States: Massachusetts, Cambridge
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 10 cm x 7 cm; 3 15/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Julia Child
Food Culture
Food Processing
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Occupations
Julia Child's Kitchen
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


I have had one of these for many years. Checking the internet to see if Précis Plastic still makes them, I stumbled on to this. What fun.

Add a comment about this object