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Let the Meatballs RestAnd Other Stories About Food and Culture$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157339

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.001.0001

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Adventures in Cooking

Adventures in Cooking

Chapter:
(p.38) Three Adventures in Cooking
Source:
Let the Meatballs Rest
Author(s):

Massimo Montanari

, Beth Archer Brombert
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.003.0003

This chapter discusses the emergence of cooking as a method of transforming nature. Given that “raw” is frequently associated with nature, cooking can be said to be a civilizing factor—as established in the myth of Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the heavens to confer upon the mortals. Cooking had gained wide importance since ancient times, albeit not entirely at the expense of consuming raw food, which was at times deemed necessary and even efficacious. Other methods of “transforming” the agricultural products of nature—be it through farming or animal husbandry—also fall within this civilizing vein, as recipes are experimented with, breads and pasta dishes concocted, meat preserved, and so on. The kitchen itself becomes a central and ever-expanding area of the household—a testament to the growing importance of cooking in our daily lives.

Keywords:   cooking, raw food, nature, farming, animal husbandry, recipes, kitchen, household

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