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Occasionally I get approached by the media to contribute to articles on toy history, play, and the Easy-Bake Oven (of course!). Below are some of the stories that I’ve played a part in. There are also links to some of the coverage Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven has received.


How the Easy-Bake Oven Has Endured 53 Years and 11 Designs

Food52, an online destination for food lovers, wrote about the enduring appeal of the Easy-Bake Oven. I was delighted to provide my thoughts on the toy oven and why it continues to hold a place in the hearts and minds of so many people.

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National Geographic

Light Bulb Baking Referenced in National Geographic

National Geographic calls Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven “…a catchy and comprehensive history of the Easy-Bake…” in their article titled How Easy-Bake Ovens Taught Us to Cook.

That’s mighty high praise given the source.

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Light Bulb Baking Photos Featured in Our Wisconsin Magazine

When Our Wisconsin magazine contacted me with a request to use images from Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven for an upcoming article, I couldn’t turn them down. Their article is a retelling of a memory involving one girl’s request for an Easy-Bake Oven.

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Indie Toy Store Round Up: Shopping outside the (big) box

If you’re an Ottawa-area resident, you will want to check out an article I wrote for Apartment613 featuring this city’s best indie toy stores. Ottawa has a number of gems that offer everything from retro gaming, educational toys, and comic-related items. You don’t need to travel far to find something awesome.

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pie face

Pie Face – If You Get the Wrong Number, This Slapstick Comedy Game Will Fling a Faceful of Whipped Cream

Inject a little slapstick comedy into your next family gathering.

In this piece on Wink Fun, I review Hasbro’s Pie Face reboot.

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A Look Back at the History of Easy-Bake Ovens featured a number of original images from my book, Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven, in an article that provides a glimpse into the history of the toy oven.

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Build a Robot, Rocket, Snake, or Car with a YOXO Construction Kit

Can a construction kit made of recycled wood pulp engage and entertain?

In this piece on Wink Fun, I review YOXO Construction Kit #1.

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Can We Get One? Cuddly Play Pets Are the Most Popular Holiday Toys

Are pretend pets the perfect pets?

In this article in The Street, I talk with Marilen Cawad about why pretend pets are perennial favorites with children.

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Another Great Design Toy Is Primed for Re-emergence

Is Play-Doh the next big thing in the educational-toy market?

In this article from The Atlantic’s CityLab, I contributed insight to the author about how and why Play-Doh’s value as an educational toy is not so farfetched.

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Easy-Bake Oven

Easy-Bake Evolution: 50 Years of Cakes, Cookies, and Gender Politics

How has a plastic toy oven powered by an incandescent light bulb become a cultural icon?

In this article from Collectors Weekly, I talk with author Lisa Hix about the enduring appeal of the Easy-Bake Oven.

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The Easy-Bake Oven meets Rock’em Sock’em Robots

I spoke to Joel Haslam of CTV Ottawa’s Regional Contact about his book Light Bulb Baking, A History of the Easy-Bake Oven and indulged in a few games of Rock’em Sock’em Robots.

Hilarity ensued.

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Why the Easy Bake Oven continues to fascinate us

“Easy-Bake has always been about dreams first, memories second and reality third”, writes author Robert Everett-Green.

In this article in The Globe and Mail, he uses my book Light Bulb Baking to provide insight into the 50+ year history of the Easy-Bake Oven.

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Toymaker’s light-bulb moment leaves legacy

This article from The Toronto Star includes an excerpt from my book Light Bulb Baking and focuses on the history of the oven and its place in North American toy culture.

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