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on the flames
The emergence of cooked foodFood products can be eaten in three forms: raw, cooked (def.), or fermented (e.g., sauer kraut). While raw food is natural, the cooked food is referred to as cultural (cf : Levi-Strauss). But there are several ways of cooking...
A very important step forward was made when man "was no longer satisfied with roasted or grilled food, cooked in the dry heat of flames, so he invented the cuisine prepared with moist heat. This moist cooking allows more diversity of dishes and flavors as well as a greater possibility of mixing foods in the same meal." (cf : J. Barrau).
Soups, roasted cereals, porridges, and pancakes (thick cooked porridges) are the first forms of plant-based food. They are still in use today, differing somewhat in content and preparation.
Cuisine (def.) is much
older than agriculture: men cooked their wild foods before cooking agricultural
food products. In Neolithic
times (def.) the culinary revolution preceded the agricultural revolution.
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