Since prehistory, humans have braved the business ends of knives, scrapers, and mashers, all in the name of creating something delicious - or at least edible. In Consider the Fork, award-winning food writer and historian Bee Wilson traces the ancient lineage of our modern culinary tools, revealing the startling history of objects we often take for granted. Charting the evolution of technologies from the knife and fork to the gas range and the sous-vide cooker, Wilson offers unprecedented insights into how we've prepared and consumed food over the centuries - and how those basic acts have changed our societies, our diets, and our very selves.
©2012 Bee Wilson (P)2012 Tantor
"Wilson is erudite and whip-smart, but she always grounds her exploration of technological change in the perspective of the eternal harried cook - she's been one - struggling to put a meal on the table. This is mouthwatering history: broad in scope, rich in detail, stuffed with savory food for thought." (Publishers Weekly)
The narration is excellent. The topic is a fresh view of kitchen technology from roasting spits to sou vide cooking. The author has done her research globally. Although the author is clearly from the UK, she discusses the trends in kitchen technology world wide with special focus on the U.S. and UK with attention paid to the differences in economies, tastes, and social trends driving kitchen tech and tools in different parts of the world. With all the books about the history of food it is nice to get a book focused on the tools we use to prepare it as well. I highly recommend!
No, but I intensely dislike the (un)American accent she uses for the American characters in the book. It's utterly distracting and takes away from her otherwise splendid performance.
I really enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit though I have read a fair amount of history. The reader did a great job.
The author doesn't really cover any new ground in her subject choice, thought that claim is made in the introduction.
It would only be interesting to someone with absolutely no knowledge of food history.
The narrator's style is not one I enjoy; her rhythm is monotonous and the multiple accents she uses for quotations are poorly rendered, theatrical and irritating.
Phil and Judy
I purchased this title based on the recommendation of the Writing Excuses podcast. the subject matter is a little esoteric but the author and the narrator have managed to make it a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
Little known facts
The depth of the information
Her accent was 'cute' but not what I would have expected from a book that delved into the history of the subject matter.
I was slightly annoyed by having to try to figure out the different meanings that are different between british and american. Words have different meanings and connotations, and sometimes I was taken aback by being unfamiliar with the differences...
I liked the info, but just slightly less due to the way it was presented.
I purchased this book half heartedly thinking that it might be interesting. What I found was really excellent. In fact I went and purchased the paper version as well (purest) so that I can reference some of the things Ms. Wilson discusses for further study. This book is presented in such a way that the information is not just dry facts thrown at you in an organized or semi-organized way, the content is well thought out and presented in such a way as to keep the, listener in this case, interested in what is going on. Usually I will blip off during a story as I am doing other things at the time, sometimes a lot of other things, during this book I rarely did and never for very long. I found it particularly interesting how we have and have not "evolved" in the kitchen.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in food and how we got to where we are.
Ivan was particularly interesting and I will be looking him up when I get the chance.
Yes, it really kept my interest throughout.
This book really blew my expectations. I love her comfortable style of writing and her witty comments. As I listened to the different chapters, I felt this incredible connection to her as a fellow lover of food. Really worthwhile, my only complaint would be that it did not come with attached pictures of the described contraptions.
The reader was clearly, engaging and the tempo was very good. The writing was amazingly thought provoking.
I've been looking for other books as I've never read anything quite so engaging. It reminded me a bit of the James Burke show "Connections"
By far the chapter on Pots and Pans were quite interesting, and the one on refrigeration.
This was a great retrospective on food and cooking; however, I might have preferred it in the written form. Spending 2 hours a day in a car, 60 straight minutes on "forks" can make you a bit crazy. The narrator had an AMAZING British accent and I loved hearing her speak... even if it was only about forks! :)
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