"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:
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.”
A Death in California
By Joan Barthel
New York, NY: Dell
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 Humor and Sayings
Posted by: admin, July 26 2011
Kitchen closed due to illness: I am sick of cooking
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