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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Robot Cook  
  A household robot that can cook meals.  

Poor Lena. Her cuproberyl body spent half its time in scattered pieces. Our first attempts were successful only in getting her to serve fried brushes for breakfast and wash dishes in oleo oil. Then one day she cooked a perfect dinner with six wires crossed, and Dave was in ecstasy.
From Helen O'Loy, by Lester del Rey.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1938
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See also the robot chef from Anthony Boucher's 1943 short story Robinc. Also, compare to the robotic cook from Ely's Automatic Housemaid, by Elizabeth Bellamy published in 1899.

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