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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,039 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bee Wilson Narrator: Alison Larkin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • 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 Starred Review
  • “Wilson is a good tour guide…[A] dizzying, entertaining ride.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Reading [Consider the Fork] is like having a long dinner table discussion with a fascinating friend…Leisurely but lively…a pure joy to read.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Wilson’s insouciant scholarship and companionable voice convince you she would be great fun to spend time with in the kitchen…[She is] a congenial kitchen oracle.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Delightful…[An] ebulliently written and unobtrusively learned survey.”


  • “[A] sparkling…fascinating and entertaining book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “One part science, one part history, and a generous dash of fun.”

    Good Housekeeping

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren Brown | 2/16/2014

    " Eye-opening ... helped me see all of my everyday lifestyle decisions in a new light - and the past in a more pragmatic one. Definitely food for thought! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Red | 2/13/2014

    " very enjoyable. lots of trivia which is what makes life so interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tinika | 2/4/2014

    " Bee Wilson's book, Consider the Fork, looks at the technology behind kitchen tools - what we use to cook/eat with rather than what we eat. She lays out her basic thesis in the introduction: we "have been changed by kitchen technology - the how as well as the what" (p xvii); "the implements we use affect what we eat, how we eat." (p xii). The rest of the book is details but what great details. The tools range from the basic (knife, spoon, containment of fire) to the modern (sous-vide machines.) The tools may speak of a time (marrow spoons) or of the culture that use them (chopsticks.) Bee Wilson also looks at many that were abandoned before finding an audience (the water-powered egg whisk.) She finishes with a chapter on the evolution of the kitchen itself. I leave with a greater appreciation of all the kitchen tools that have made my life easier whether they be a measuring cup, a mixer or a microplane grater. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannette | 1/25/2014

    " This wasn't a compelling read, but it was interesting enough and well-written. I also appreciated the little illustrations scattered about. "

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