Consider the Fork
Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire and grindstones to transform raw ingredients into something delicious - or at least edible. But these tools have also transformed how we consume, and how we think about our food. Consider the Fork reveals the hidden history of some of the culinary objects we take for granted. Technology in the kitchen does not just mean the Pacojets and sous-vide machines of the modern kitchen, but also the humbler tools of everyday cooking and eating: a wooden spoon and a skillet, chopsticks and forks. Blending history, science and personal anecdotes, this book is the story of how we tamed fire and ice and wielded whisks, spoons and graters, all for the sake of putting food in our mouths.
This is a lovely essay by the great New Yorker writer Jane Kramer using Consider the Fork as the starting point. 'A Fork of One's Own'.
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Praise for Consider the Fork:
'Leisurely but lively....A Pure joy to read' - Los Angeles Times
'Eloquent and Information-packed...A passionate gathering of information, diligently communicated, and an amused realism that brings us safely down to earth'. - New York Review of Books
'One part science, one part history and a generous dash of fun' - Good Housekeeping