Modern Cooking Milestones

1910: Hotpoint introduces the first electric range.

1911: The electric frying pan is brought to market.

1938: The first pressure cooker designed for residential use is introduced at a New York City trade show.

1948: Sale of the first electric warming tray.

1955: Tappan designs a microwave for residential use.

1956: General Electric creates the toaster oven.

1962: Julia Child's "The French Chef" debuts on TV.

1963: The first self-cleaning electric range hits showrooms.

1981: Emerging electronic technology allows for such features as built-in timers and automatic shut-offs.

1999: Halogen lights are first used to accelerate oven cooking times.

2002: Whirlpool introduces the Polara, a combination refrigerator and range.

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