A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from March 13, 2012
“I kiss better than I cook”

"Kiss the cook” is an old food saying. “I kiss better than I cook” is a saying that has been on T-shirts, refrigerator magnets and other gift items since at least 2002. “...and I’m a good cook” is sometimes added to the end of the “I kiss better than I cook” saying.

Google Groups: uk.misc
Newsgroups: uk.misc
From: (Sam Nelson)
Date: 21 Nov 2002 11:49:45 GMT
Local: Thurs, Nov 21 2002 6:49 am
Subject: Re: Where in the world

KM’s fridge notices:
- You Can’t Scare Me---I Have Children
- I Kiss Better Than I Cook[0]
- I Don’t Want It All---I Want It All Covered In Whipped Cream And Chocolate

Google Groups: alt.usenet.legends.duab
Newsgroups: alt.usenet.legends.duab
From: Angel
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2003 12:48:17 +0100
Local: Thurs, Jul 17 2003 6:48 am
Subject: Re: Optical illusion

Having said that I feel compelled to admit that I don’t cook that well, but as my fridge magnet says…

I kiss better than I cook wink

Google Books
Dark House
By Theresa Monsour
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Pg. 111:
Clancy stepped into the bedroom doorway wearing a barbecue apron — i KISS BETTER THAN I COOK — and nothing else.

6 February 2005, Paris (TX) News, pg. 101 (advertising supplement):
“Kiss The Cook” or “I Kiss Better Than I Cook”

Google Books
A Bigger Life: an Eden Plain novel
By Annette Gail Smith
Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress
Pg. 57:
I came home to a warm kitchen and the sight of my wife wearing an apron that said, “I kiss better than I cook.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Permalink