A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 15, 2012
“Kitchen closed due to illness: I am sick of cooking”

"Kitchen closed due to illness: I am sick of cooking” is a one-line saying that has been placed on many gift items. “Kitchen closed on account of illness—I’m sick of cooking” has been cited in print since at least 1974.


24 February 1974, The News Tribune(Fort Pierce, FL), “The View From Stuart” by Leigh Coep, pg. 16, col. 1:
When she gets there there’s another plaque to suit, like: “Kitchen closed on account of illness—I’m sick of cooking.”

Google News Archive
9 June 1975, Tuscaloosa (AL) News, pg. ? advertising supplement:
UNIQUE NEW
Kitchen Sampler
COOK’S OUT Saying reads, “Kitchen closed because of illness. I am sick of cooking.”

6 July 1975, Trenton (NJ) Evening Times,This Week Magazine, pg. 13, col. 3:
A SIGN OF THE TIMES, spotted in a Lawrenceville home: “This Kitchen Closed Due to Illness—I’m Sick of Cooking.”

Google Books
A Death in California
By Joan Barthel
New York, NY: Dell
1985
Pg. 435:
Hope and Tom Breslin had coffee in the basement cafeteria of the courthouse, under a sign that read: KITCHEN CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS—I’M SICK OF COOKING.

Cooking Games
Cooking Humor and Sayings
Posted by: admin, July 26 2011
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Kitchen closed due to illness: I am sick of cooking

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Thursday, March 15, 2012 • Permalink