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Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat - Bee Wilson
Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat
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Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious—or at least edible. Tools shape what we eat, but they have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our food. Technology in the kitchen does not just... show more
Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious—or at least edible. Tools shape what we eat, but they have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about, our food. Technology in the kitchen does not just mean the Pacojets and sous-vide of the modernist kitchen. It can also mean the humbler tools of everyday cooking and eating: a wooden spoon and a skillet, chopsticks and forks. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson provides a wonderful and witty tour of the evolution of cooking around the world, revealing the hidden history of everyday objects we often take for granted. Knives—perhaps our most important gastronomic tool—predate the discovery of fire, whereas the fork endured centuries of ridicule before gaining widespread acceptance; pots and pans have been around for millennia, while plates are a relatively recent invention. Many once-new technologies have become essential elements of any well-stocked kitchen—mortars and pestles, serrated knives, stainless steel pots, refrigerators. Others have proved only passing fancies, or were supplanted by better technologies; one would be hard pressed now to find a water-powered egg whisk, a magnet-operated spit roaster, a cider owl, or a turnspit dog. Although many tools have disappeared from the modern kitchen, they have left us with traditions, tastes, and even physical characteristics that we would never have possessed otherwise.Blending history, science, and anthropology, Wilson reveals how our culinary tools and tricks came to be, and how their influence has shaped modern food culture. The story of how we have tamed fire and ice and wielded whisks, spoons, and graters, all for the sake of putting food in our mouths, Consider the Fork is truly a book to savor.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780465021765 (046502176X)
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Stewartry
Stewartry rated it
3.5 Consider the Fork – Bee Wilson – Alison Larkin
The overriding impression of this book is that it is very, very British. Not entirely because of the reader, Alison Larkin (who is very British), or because of too much of an Anglo-centric focus in the history it covers (maybe a bit, but not enough to take issue with) – but mostly because of… well, ...
Elentarri's Book Blog
Elentarri's Book Blog rated it
2.0 Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat
Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat This book covers an interesting subject - the history of kitchen equipment. However, the execution was bland, boring and repetitive.
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
4.0 Consider the Fork: How Technology Transforms the Way We Cook and Eat
I genuinely loved this book; it was interesting, well-written and I learned quite a bit. It would have been a 5 star read except that the author hit one of my raw nerves and stated as fact something that just flat out isn't. But more on that in a bit. The book is split up by chapters based on th...
sheile
sheile rated it
4.0 Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Reminded me of Bryson's "At Home" albeit with a narrower focus.
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
A very readable history of ways in which technology shapes our food and culture, and vice versa.
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