Around this time last year, just before Easter, we shared the tale of chef Alice Waters’s storied iron egg spoon (see The Legendary Egg Spoon of Alice Waters and Fanny Singer, Easter Edition for more). Waters had the utensil made by an ironsmith in San Francisco after reading about an egg roasting technique in a 2002 book by food writer William Rubel: “I saw it in a book about the magic of fire,” Alice told me last year, “with illustrations on cooking in the fireplace around the world. There was a spoon, and an egg in the spoon, and I said, ‘Oh, how beautiful—I can cook an egg in a spoon.’”
Thanks to a new version now in production, you, too, can cook an egg in a spoon. The object is made by Permanent Collection, a lifestyle brand founded by Alice’s daughter Fanny Singer and her friend Mariah Nielson (daughter of famed California artist J. B. Blunk), whose artistic homewares, clothing, and jewelry are designed for a lifetime of use, egg spoon included.
Photography by Terri Loewenthal, courtesy of Permanent Collection.
Five percent of the sale of every spoon will be donated to The Edible Schoolyard Project, a nonprofit founded by Alice in 1995 whose aim is to ensure an “edible education” and free lunch for every student of American public schools.
Alice Waters was inspired to find an egg-cooking spoon after reading William Rubel’s The Magic of Fire: Hearth Cooking in 2004. She commissioned the original iron egg spoon from her friend Angelo Garro of Renaissance Forge in San Francisco.
N.B.: The egg spoon has stirred some controversy of late; read on in The New York Times.
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