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Consider the Fork Audiobook

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    matthew 06-12-16
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    "Outstanding information presented in a user friendly way"

    I am a good service professional and culinary historian. This book is outstanding. She relays great history in a wonderful antidotal way. If you find food anthropology interesting this is a must read.

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    judithh California 06-03-16
    judithh California 06-03-16 Member Since 2012
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    "My all time favorite audible book"
    Would you listen to Consider the Fork again? Why?

    I have listened to this book several times and know I will listen again. The narrator is delightful - for some reason, I do not care for female narrators' voices, but she is clever and great. The content is so interesting to me as a foodie and history buff.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Consider the Fork?

    I had just seen a documentary about living spaces in the UK and saw the "Frankfort" kitchen concept, developed in the late 50s to utilize space. She had an excellent explanation for their use.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a try: I think you may be surprised at how jam-packed it is with the history of utensils, kitchens and how and why we eat as we do.

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    Jessica 12-28-15
    Jessica 12-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating"

    From a lay person stand point, this was an amazing look into the development of how we cook. There is a sweet sentimentality for where humanity began and cooking as a link to the past, as well as a genuine excitement and interest in new approaches and technology. Absolutely worth it!

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    Kenny Hertzberg 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this book if you are a foodie then this is perfect it teaches you so much about the evolution of food styles and utensils used.

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    D. Moller Copenhagen 04-17-15
    D. Moller Copenhagen 04-17-15
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    "Fascinating look at kitchen utensils"

    There was so much I didn't know about the history of cooking utensils, that I really enjoy knowing. From how forks changed the way we look, to the history of the kitchen aid. She's good at drawing important inferences to larger picture history, which makes this constantly enjoyable.

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    Mike Sims 03-24-15
    Mike Sims 03-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A fresh view on kitchen technology and tools"

    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!

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    minchen 03-17-15
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    "Fake American accent is distracting!"
    Have you listened to any of Alison Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


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    Amazon Customer United States 02-21-15
    Amazon Customer United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fascinating history of cooking and kitchens"

    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.

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    Laura 02-10-15
    Laura 02-10-15
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    "Not worth the time"

    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.

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    Phil C. Jacksonville, FL 01-22-15
    Phil C. Jacksonville, FL 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A nice change of pace"

    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.

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