Cold Comfort: The Ethnography of Refrigerators [Slide Show]

What a ubiquitous appliance reveals about us

A gallery that showcases the cultures of our households.
Credit: Krystal D’Costa

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Refrigerators are an overlooked item in our kitchens. Ninety-nine percent of Americans have one and they serve an important function, but they tend to be overshadowed by the time-saving virtues of other appliances such as the dishwasher. We’re in the midst of a cultural focus on efficiency, which drives us toward more and more streamlined experiences but often removes facets of personalization. In this context the refrigerator becomes a gallery that showcases the cultures of our households.

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