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cooking mit gas

Postby scottp » Sat May 14, 2011 9:35 am

Was there someone in particular who is credited with turning "cooking with gas" (doing something fast, efficiently, with great results) into the German/Yiddish "cooking mit gas"? Or should I say, popularizing it. It seems to have been a little bit of a catch-phrase-- branching off from another catch-phrase.
My mom (born 1925 in Illinois) brought it up. She had some older German-American relatives, but I'm thinking maybe somebody in radio or movies liked to use the phrase?
Of course there is a sickening Holocaust image which comes to mind now, spoiling the cuteness of the German OR Yiddish version-- whichever it would be.
Just the other day, I heard a skit from "Good News of 1940" where Lou Holtz and Fanny Brice are among the "British" characters, and "Now we're cooking with gas!" is one of the lines.
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Re: cooking mit gas

Postby Moose Hatrack » Sun May 15, 2011 3:22 pm

Is is safe to assume that "Cooking with Gas" was an advertising tag line for natural gas utilities or maybe LP gas suppliers? I've heard a variation: "Now you're cooking with Skelgas" (Skelly petroleum, not Red Skelton).
My grandfather used to say, "Now you're cookin' on the front burner" when thing were proceeding exceptionally well.
That's funny, Norman Krasna loved that joke.
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Re: cooking mit gas

Postby scottp » Tue May 17, 2011 12:55 am

And there's "We're putting it on the back burner for now" which means giving something a lower priority, or delaying further work on it.
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Re: cooking mit gas

Postby Moose Hatrack » Tue May 17, 2011 5:21 am

Finally got around to googling "cooking with gas" and our suspicions are correct.
Advertisers wanted you to know that you don't have to gather wood, light a fire and wait for a gas stove to heat up.
Then in the second half of the century we were told we could "live better electrically".
I have a Chambers range with which one can "cook with the gas turned off"
That's funny, Norman Krasna loved that joke.
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