A History of Cooks and Cooking

A History of Cooks and Cooking

Michael Symons / May 25, 2020

A History of Cooks and Cooking Never has there been so little need to cook Yet Michael Symons maintains that to be truly human we need to become better cooks practical and generous sharers of food Fueled by James Boswell s definiti

  • Title: A History of Cooks and Cooking
  • Author: Michael Symons
  • ISBN: 9780252025808
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Never has there been so little need to cook Yet Michael Symons maintains that to be truly human we need to become better cooks practical and generous sharers of food Fueled by James Boswell s definition of humans as cooking animals for no beast can cook , Symons sets out to explore the civilizing role of cooks in history His wanderings take us to the clay ovens of tNever has there been so little need to cook Yet Michael Symons maintains that to be truly human we need to become better cooks practical and generous sharers of food Fueled by James Boswell s definition of humans as cooking animals for no beast can cook , Symons sets out to explore the civilizing role of cooks in history His wanderings take us to the clay ovens of the prehistoric eastern Mediterranean and the bronze cauldrons of ancient China, to fabulous banquets in the temples and courts of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Persia, to medieval English cookshops and Southeast Asian street markets, to palace kitchens, diners, and modern fast food eateries This inviting volume originally published in Australia under the title A History of Cooking samples conceptions and perceptions of cooks and cooking from Plato and Descartes to Marx and Virginia Woolf Symons asks why cooks, despite their vital and central role in sustaining life, have remained in the shadows, unheralded, unregarded, and underappreciated People think of meals as occasions where you share food, he notes they rarely think of cooks as sharers of food Considering such notions as the physical and political consequences of sauce, connections between food and love, and cooking as a regu lator of clock and calendar, Symons provides a spirited and diverting defense of a cook centered view of the world About the Author Michael Symons is the author of One Contin uous Picnic A History of Eating in Australia and The Shared Table.

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    1. I disagree with one basic premise of this book; that cooks are unheralded. But in 1998 when this book was published the super-star chef age was firmly rooted around the globe. In fact this book, by the australian Michael Symons not the american Michael Symons, is itself a testament to the very importance of cooks throughout history. I am really enjoying it.


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