An Aga saga in Negaunee


Story and photos by Katherine Larson
The Aga is right there on page one of Margaret Drabble’s The Witch of Exmoor, and in books by Rosamund Pilcher and Joanna Trollope and Elizabeth Goudge. Stage directions for John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger specify it. Most readers of 20th-century British fiction have encountered an Aga, simmering or purring away in the book’s kitchen.
Indeed, the Oxford Dictionary of New Words (1997) defines “Aga saga” as “a saga of family life set against a comfortable background typified by possession of a kitchen with an Aga stove…and representing a sustained cosiness.”
But what, actually, is an Aga?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Oh Dear! In the print edition of our December issue, a draft containing suggested edits to Katherine Larson’s At The Table article, which was about preparing Christmas breakfast, accidentally made it to the printed pages. Those familiar with Katherine’s exceptional writing surely knew something was amiss. We apologize to Katherine for this unfortunate mistake, and to our readers who were likely confused by some of the odd results! The correct version has been posted on this website.

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