A meal sitting in front of you on a table, or any dish served anywhere, can tell you a great deal about the community, environment, way of thinking and experiences of the person who prepared it. Once you have understood these things, the food will not offer only delicious flavours, it will also be nourishment for the brain, increasing your understanding of the significance of the food and how it came to exist. Put simply, food is something that can tell a story.
A hilltribe kitchen with a wood-fired stove on iron legs. There is also a supplementary charcoal stove and a ladle for soups, made from a halved and dried gourd shell.
But of course, before any food can be served, it has to have passed through a kitchen. A kitchen is an artist's studio, a place where, like a painter, the cook works on a creation before presenting it to others. A big kitchen might be compared to a concert hall where staff work together like musicians to bring a creative idea to life.
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