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Consider the Fork

A History of How We Cook and Eat
Wilson, Bee (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Consider the Fork


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This book offers a novel approach to food writing, presenting a history of eating habits and mores through the lens of the technologies we use to prepare, serve, and consume food. It tells the history of food through its tools across different eras and continents to present a fully rounded account of humans' evolving relationship to kitchen technology. From the birth of the fork in Italy as it discovered pasta, to culture wars over shaped how and what we cook. Encompassing inventors, scientists, cooks and chefs, this is the previously unsung history of our kitchens.
Authors: Wilson, Bee
Title: Consider the fork
a history of how we cook and eat
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, c2012
Characteristics: xxiii, 327 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bee Wilson ; with illustrations by Annabel Lee
Contents: Pots and pans: with rice cooker
Knife: with mezzaluna
Fire: with toaster
Measure: with egg timer
Grind: with nutmeg grater
Eat: with tongs
Ice: with molds
Kitchen: with coffee
Summary: This book offers a novel approach to food writing, presenting a history of eating habits and mores through the lens of the technologies we use to prepare, serve, and consume food. It tells the history of food through its tools across different eras and continents to present a fully rounded account of humans' evolving relationship to kitchen technology. From the birth of the fork in Italy as it discovered pasta, to culture wars over shaped how and what we cook. Encompassing inventors, scientists, cooks and chefs, this is the previously unsung history of our kitchens.
ISBN: 9780465021765
046502176X
9780465033324
0465033326
Branch Call Number: 643.3 W7468c 2012
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A fascinating tale of how food influenced cooking and eating implements in many cultures and how the implements influenced food. Of interest to all "foodies". NET

Report This Mar 21, 2013
  • zipread rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat --- by Bee Wilson. --- Consider the Fork considers not only the fork but the spoon, the knife, the pan, the stove and a myriad of other instruments found in the kitchen. A book that is informative as well as, in parts, is entertaining, it would benefit from a lot more illustrations: some of the kitchen tools are obscure not to mention their components beyond the ken of many readers; the book is written in English --- I mean ENGLISH English: I had a bit of a challenge figuring out what a chicken-brick was (a clay cooker, called a Roemertopf in the 1970s --- there, aren’t’/t you informed) so be prepared for help from the web. Nonetheless, an interesting (if quirk) book. Easy to read too.

Report This Mar 07, 2013
  • icelandia rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is not a "page turner" but a book that makes one think. It would make a great basis for an applied science course (both physics & chemistry) and a historical & cultural survey course of cooking and kitchens (past, present & future). This sort of information should not be limited to just culinary students, it's the sort of information that helps people make wise decisions regarding our most biological necessity -- eating. My favorite "fact" from this book: Ferran Adria's kitchen employees at El Bulli began their mornings with plain ole cups of coffee and the staff meals were plain ole food, such as big pots of spaghetti. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing the movie that's being made about El Bulli as the productions from that kitchen seem, to me, like the Emperor's New Clothes.

Report This Jan 26, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Forks, knives, pots and pans, measuring cups. These kitchen fixtures seem so basic that we can hardly imagine a time in which they didn't exist. But Bee Wilson takes us that far back in history and presents a fascinating look at the tools of cooking and eating. How did humans cook food before pots? Only by charring and grilling. How did people know when an egg was cooked before timers? By reciting six Lord's Prayers. And how did recipes come to have standard measurements? Well, they still don't - most of the world uses weight, a system much more accurate than cups. On one hand, Wilson deftly covers the basics in an informative, wide-ranging, and witty book. You can open any page of "Consider the Fork" and think, "I never even considered that!" On the other, the book has an "uncooked" feeling; it lacks cohesion and contains some patently false-sounding narrative. A smattering of history, a few attempts at charming personal anecdotes, and lots of name dropping don't yield much in the end.

quite informative and entertaining

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