Turnspit, the kitchen dog

Nicola Twilley essays upon the history of using dogs to power the preparation of food:

Dogs still occupy a variety of roles in the human food system, from sheep herding to barbecued delicacy. What is less well known is that before the advent of gas or electric ovens, dogs also provided a convenient power source for kitchen appliances….

BONUS: Patrick Chaplin’s reflections on a turnspit dog

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