The theme of next year’s Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery centers around “Food and Material Culture.” The spoons captured my interest and so I decided to take a quick peek at other utensils. I never get tired of looking at the tools that people created for cooking their food, food that gave them the will and the power to keep on living in the direst of circumstances. The ingenuity of cooks never ceases to amaze me. And I wonder who invented these brilliant bits of technology.

Note: See Russian Spoon Carvers for more.

Russian Wooden Spoons

Pech stove

Old Russian Cooking Equipment

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