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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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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-30-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "For the foodie/science geek/history buff in you"

    This is a fun read if you like
    (1) cooking and being in the kitchen, and
    (2) books that explain the origin of things as well as the science and relevant historical facts.

    I do, so I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's voice is also very pleasant to listen to. She made me laugh when she did her American and French accents.

    Fun book, neat information, and great narration.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen Tylbon Oklahoma City 09-18-17
    Gwen Tylbon Oklahoma City 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Informatively Whimsical"

    A great look at the evolution of cooking technology that blends history with a light humor and realistic examination of the role of cooking and the tools used to do so.

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    W. Mahoney 07-08-17
    W. Mahoney 07-08-17
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    "When you come to a fork in the road..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A quality Reader and an interesting history of the "spoon" and then the "fork". Not a fiction, but a bit of trivia and science. Worth the listen, if you want something different from the usual fare on your plate. Have you ever stopped to consider what our Ancestors ate with? A sharp stick to start with maybe, but a some point, someone wanted to eat soup. :)


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

    The facts and those things that one rarely, if ever, thinks about.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh or Cry? No. Visualize, wonder and be amazed here and there? Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A story one may read, in bits and pieces, without worrying about the past chapters, and the plot!

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    Mica 04-19-17
    Mica 04-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An Unexpected Favorite"

    The performance of this audiobook is exceptional. While listening to it and cooking in my own kitchen, I find myself inspired, affirmed in the work I am doing, and connected with the long history of humans and our food.

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    Katherine Peterson 02-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great even for non-cooks"

    I detest cooking and I'd never given much thought to the history behind cooking implements, but this was a fascinating listen. It's well-researched and accessible, and you can tell Wilson had fun gathering material and constructing a narrative around the history. I'll probably listen to it more than once to pick up on details that slipped by the first time.

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    SamF. 10-31-16
    SamF. 10-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite books"
    What did you love best about Consider the Fork?

    I listened to this book a while ago, but I still find myself repeating anecdotes and explaining things I learned. It kicked off a real interest in food history, and is a fun and enjoyable read. I've recommended it to friends who have enjoyed it as well. One of my favorite books ever. The narration is alright, not particularly memorable but sometimes that's a good thing--less grating than Larkin's narration of Wilson's next book.


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    matthew 06-12-16
    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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