Title: Consider the Fork, A History of How We Cook and Eat
Author: Bee Wilson
Format: Hardcover, paperback, audiobook
Cost: $15-20 depending on format
Do you or someone you know enjoy cooking? Have you ever wondered why your pans are a certain shape? Why kitchen knifes are the way they are? Or why there are so many different methods of cooking foods? Then this is the book for you, or would make a great Christmas gift!
The official synopsis describes it as “blending history, science, and anthropology” and it is so true. It is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. It tells you about the history of the kitchen tool, the science behind its use, and then how people use it and why. Sometimes it gets into the specifics of how the kitchen tool even came about. The story of how we “tamed fire” is one of my favorites. Thinking about all the ways we use fire and heat to cook and how they changed over time is so interesting to me!
I myself listened to the audiobook version of this book and I liked it so much that I have listened at least 4 times. We start with pots & pans, an essential in any kitchen nowadays. But can you imagine a time when this wasn’t so? I love the way this book talks about the present state of the kitchen creating an emotional connection and then takes us back to show us how we got here. From the humble fork to spices and now own personal obsession, kitchen knives, this books covers a good deal of kitchen items. I don’t want to give too much away, so give it a read and tell me what you think!