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Reviewing food history: How much do you take your kitchen and your modern conveniences for granted?

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Thank you so much. This should keep me going for quite a while. It's been a 5-day marathon but I finally hit the end of The Townsends. I've learned a lot, not that it's going to do me any good. I just wish that this had been available 30 years ago when I first came to Costa Rica. I haven't exactly been living in the wild frontier, but if it hadn't been for my collection of early 20th century cookbooks I probably would never would have made it.

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On 10/16/2023 at 3:25 PM, TdeV said:

I really, really enjoyed reading Consider the Fork: History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson ©2012. Synopsis from google books here as follows:

Award-winning food writer Bee Wilson's secret history of kitchens, showing how new technologies - from the fork to the microwave and beyond - have fundamentally shaped how and what we eat.
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. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer Bee Wilson takes readers on a wonderful and witty tour of the evolution of cooking around the world, revealing the hidden history of objects we often 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, Wilson reveals how our culinary tools and tricks came to be and how their influence has shaped food culture today. 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.


Reading it right now, as we speak.  

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