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The Violence of Cooking: A Photographic Interpretation à la Caravaggio (Part I)

Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin. ~ Simone Schwarz-Bart, The Bridge of Beyond, Éditions du Seuil (1972)

Cutting soft bones or soft flesh – be it animal of vegetable or fruit, the cleaver’s sharp edge become a merciless tool even in the hands of the most tender cook.

A peeler, making short work of removing an outer layer, essentially flays the skin of an apple or potato or carrot or whatever.

The grater rasps exposed flesh and tears cheese into shreds.

The mortar and pestle pounds, pummels, and bruises, until the vital juices seep, flowing like tears.

The whisk stirs and beats cream and eggs into something entirely unrecognizable, transforming, transcending.

© 2013 C. Bertelsen, including all photographs.

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