Aga cooking Range, Creme de la Creme of Cooking Stoves with Double Ovens. Available in the United States
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Cook Books suitable for the Aga Range
The Heart of the Home, the Aga.
This quintessentially British company is 300 years old this year, 2010. The company is based in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire and was the birthplace of cast iron. Cast Iron was used not only to make cooking pots but its huge foundries cast iron for famous bridges and even steamships. The famous iron bridge at Telford was cast there . A slightly less prestigeous casting has been made there since 1930, the Aga cooking range. Coalbrookdale is called the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Britain.
The Aga was designed by a Nobel Physicist, Gustaf Dalen in 1929. He tried to improve the cooking facilities available at that time by utilising the principle of stored heat. The range was an instant success in the UK where cold gloomy weather prevails. The ever warm Aga becomes the heart of the home giving instant cooking ability and continuous warmth. This cosiness is highly valued in colder climates. The Aga is not suitable for hot climates. It's smaller brother, the Rayburn, also heats the water and feeds radiators.
The Aga is slightly more expensive to run as it is continuosly providing heat, but if you live in a chilly damp climate it is a small price to pay. The temperature at the top of the Aga domes is great for drying small items like damp socks, preferably clean ones! Animals love sleeping next to its maternal warmth. The bottom oven has just the right heat for warming plates and overnight hot pot stews. There are two domes on the two oven model, One very hot for quick boiling, grilling and making waffles and pancakes. the second one is lower heat. The back of the range has an area that is perfect for proving bread or starting home made wine. A truly useful feature.
Aga's may be fueled by gas, my favorite, solid fuel, oil or electricity so even if you live in the depths of the countryside, Aga comfort may be yours. There are now outlets selling Aga Ranges in the Northern United States.
Aga have recently launched a completely different range with conventional gas burners, but I wouldn't give up my Aga and all its comforts just yet. For warmth and comfort in a cold climate, the Aga has no equal.