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Consider the Fork

A History of How We Cook and Eat

By Bee Wilson

Consider the Fork
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  • Hardcover: Oct 2012,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2013,
    336 pages.

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Back to the Future in the Kitchen

While Consider the Fork is filled with delicious nuggets about the history of kitchen implements, some geeky gourmands are looking back to the future and revolutionizing the idea of exactly what we consider a kitchen tool.

Beet FoamMolecular gastronomy, the precision cooking that uses emulsification, gellification and other techniques to create tasty and stunningly beautiful dishes, is cutting-edge and is now beginning to take off among cooks who want to create tasty dishes that also have an entertainment factor. Imagine making chocolate spaghetti, mint caviar or balsamic vinegar pearls. Trendy restaurants now create "foam" made of beets or mushrooms and use them as art on created dishes. Molecule-R Gastronomy KitA kitchen tool to make these, Molecule-R, is already available for home kitchens, so this technology is not so much in the distant future as it is in the near future, and even in the now.

Of particular note for the future is MIT Media Lab's creation, The Cornucopia. This food system at its most basic ...

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