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By Bee Wilson

Since prehistory, people have braved sharp knives, hearth, and grindstones to rework uncooked parts into anything delicious—or no less than suitable for eating. instruments form what we devour, yet they've got additionally remodeled how we devour, and the way we predict approximately, our nutrition. In Consider the Fork, award-winning nutrients author Bee Wilson presents an excellent and witty journey of the evolution of cooking worldwide, revealing the hidden background of daily gadgets we frequently take with no consideration. expertise within the kitchen doesn't simply suggest the Pacojets and sous-vide of the modernist kitchen, but in addition the humbler instruments of daily cooking and consuming: a wood spoon and a skillet, chopsticks and forks. mixing background, technology, and anthropology, Wilson unearths how our culinary instruments and methods got here to be, and the way their effect has formed sleek nutrition tradition. the tale of ways we have now tamed fireplace and ice and wielded whisks, spoons, and graters, involved in the sake of placing meals in our mouths, Consider the Fork is really a publication to savor.

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