A cooking cat

by Greg Mayer

In today’s New York Times, there is a paean to a cast iron skillet with which Jocelyn Cooper, a music industry executive, prepares her grandmother’s traditional dishes. While we may marvel at the breadth of the Times‘ coverage that gives us a profile of a frying pan, what brings this to our attention is that in the accompanying, uncaptioned, photo, Ms. Cooper is joined in a pose exactly parallel to hers by her equally traditional tabby, who apparently has a similar, but appropriately downsized, skillet of its own.

Jocelyn Cooper and her cat (Dina Litovsky for the New York Times).

Jocelyn Cooper and her cat (Dina Litovsky for the New York Times).

A caption in the online version identifies the cat as Jo Jo Cooper.


  1. eric
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Heh, the caption reads like the cat works for the NYT and is named Dina. 🙂

  2. Posted June 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    My cat would have his own frying pan if he asked for it, but he will eat nothing but a specific dry cat food. Since it is both economical and healthy, he gets what he wants, whenever he asks.

  3. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    “A cooking cat”

    Two consecutive posts raising Dibbler-san’s fourth most famous culinary suggestion (after “I wouldn’t eat that if I were you,” and the joint leaders of “Sossage-inna-bun!” and “Rat-onna-stick!”)

  4. Posted June 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    The large skillet is most impressive. I like the double handle.

  5. Lurker111
    Posted June 11, 2015 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    “A cooking cat” is certainly a much more pleasant headline than “Cooking a cat.”

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