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consultant , microwave company executive

Thelma Pressman, American microwave company executive, consultant. Certified college instructor, California. Recipient trophy Sanyo Electric, Inc., 1985.


Pressman, Thelma was born on April 10, 1921 in New York City. Daughter of William and Ida (Neckrich) Rosenson.


Pressman studied microwave technology at California Community Colleges in 1967.


In 1969 she opened the first microwave cooking school in the United States. She was often called "the Julia Child of microwave cooking". In 1969 she founded the first microwave cooking school in the United States in Encino, California.

The Microwave Cooking Center became an industry test kitchen in which products were evaluated and cookware and recipes were developed for the nascent microwave industry. Pressman was a consultant for Amana Corporation from 1968 to 1976 and Director of Consumer Education and Services for Sanyo Electric Co. from 1977 to 1987. In the latter position, she assisted in new product development, gave seminars nationwide, and contributed to the development of more than 100 microwave cookbooks and instruction manuals.

Pressman wrote hundreds of articles on microwave cooking for newspapers and magazines. She also produced and hosted a live 30-minute TV show on microwave cooking called Fun Time Cooking. Her The Art of Microwave Cooking was selected by the Library of Congress for the Microwave Talking Cookbook for the Blind.

From 1991 to 2005 she ran a popular "Restaurant Tour of the Desert", hosting weekly dinners for 25 to 100 locals and tourists at restaurants throughout the Coachella Valley. Pressman was listed in the Marquis Who's Who of American Women in 1997. She died on 10 August 2010 at the age of 89, and was buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California,next to her husband Morris (1918–2005), a veteran of the US Army.

Pressman was married to Morris (Mo) Pressman, a native of Winnipeg, for 65 years until his death in 2005. They had two sons, Paul and Rick.


  • After her retirement to the Palm Springs area, she was a founder of the Palm Springs Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and led restaurant tours throughout the Coachella Valley.



She was the author of several microwave cookbooks and was a regular columnist for Bon Appétit magazine from 1978 to 1982. She was a regular columnist for Bon Appétit magazine from 1978 to 1982.


Pressman was a member of the Electrical Woman's Round Table, serving as that group's 1977 president, the American Women in Radio and Television, and the International Association of Cooking Professionals. She was a founding member of the Palm Springs chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, an organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf, cooking.


Married Morris Pressman, May 17, 1942. Children: Paul, Richard.

William Rosenson

Ida (Neckrich) Rosenson

Morris Pressman

Paul Pressman

Richard Pressman