more on cooked

An interesting report in the NYT about researchers who set up experiments with chimpanzees that showed that they would postpone eating raw food in order to take it to a simulated oven and cook it before eating it.  The chimps put the raw food in a container which was surreptitiously switched to one with the food already cooked which they preferred. This showed instrumental behavior and impulse control not to mention a good palate.  Here is the link:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/us/chimps-can-cook-a-mean-potato-research-says.html?hpw&rref=science&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well

Another scientist, Richard Wrangham, a few years ago made a convincing albeit circumstantial case that cooking food was indeed an important innovation that enabled our brains to grow and become the energy hogs they are, beginning around 2 million years ago.  I like it and posted here about it in connection with Michael Pollan’s book, Cooked, on 8/4/14.  Let’s eat.

I'm thinking more fennel seed and tarragon with the fish, not oregano.

I’m thinking more fennel seed and tarragon with the fish, not oregano.

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