The Bottom Line
If you're one of those folks who can't pass by a garage sale or flea market you know how often pieces of Corning Ware show up. This is one of those books that will quickly pay for itself, as you identify those rare and hard to find pieces for your collection or later re-selling.
- History of Corning Ware is Documented
- Lots of Clear Pictures
- Dozen of Different Patterns/Pieces
- Great background and history of Corning Ware
- Numerous pictures with sizes and prices
- Tips on the care and cleaning of Corning Ware
- Suggestions on finding Corning Ware at local sales,what to look for and what to avoid
- Prices shown are very conservative, such as might be found at flea markets and garage sales.
Guide Review - The Complete Guide to Corning Ware & Visions Cookware
As with many innovations, Corning Ware was a lab mistake. First a furnace malfunctioned -- instead of staying at 600C it rose to 900c, but surprisingly the glass didn't melt. Next mistake was when the chemist then dropped the white glass and it didn't break! These mistakes led to the creation of Pyroceram and eventually the first piece of Corning Ware in 1957. Eventually a total of seven generations of Corning Ware were produced and although the Blue Cornflower is synonymous with Corning Ware, many more patterns were produced.
The Complete Guide to Corning Ware & Visions Cookware also includes a chapter on the fairly recent product, Visions cookware. They're great looking pieces, but very hard to cook with. I can certainly attest to that, I burned enough stuff using Visions!
My favorite type of collectible is one that can be used everyday. Corning Ware fits that description and a look at the different styles in this book shows lots of choices that are still affordably available.