The Pudding that Took a Thousand Cooks by Michael Symons
What do cooks do and why is that so important? Between us, we have eaten an enormous number of meals. Cooks have been in charge- finding, sharing and giving food meaning. We are what we eat so, in making our meals, cooks have made us.
The Pudding that Took a Thousand Cooks charts the history of cooks since they wielded the first stone knives. In inventing the kitchen, cooks invented settled, village society. Ancient temple cooks nourished the gods and the first states. Skilled craftspeople assembled the fruits of empires for courtly banquets.