Reason in the Kitchen - from Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason - features specially designed "modules" of five international recipes each, with exciting presentations describing the history, social context, ethnicity, philosophy and cultures behind each one! Stunning photographs are a great incentive for aspiring student/chefs and an indispensable aid to preparation and presentation.
Cooking is chemistry, culture, honesty, experimentation, learning, personal growth and a global journey! Come and experience this fresh approach to culinary arts, in which engaging histories and biographies are presented in the context of modern and traditional recipes and cooking techniques.
Through the lens of food and social science, Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason conjures up the allure of dishes from around the globe, integrating each one with compelling histories of artists, poets, outlaws, sages, femme fatales - and their times.
The results are a combination of fascinating traditions and some of the most exciting culinary trends, with a look at heritage preservation and the development of food systems, as well as everyday culture and life! What can food tell us about human social organization? Food offers us many opportunities to explore the ways in which we go about our daily lives.
Food can also tell us about global interconnections. Culinary research may include cultural knowledge, food traditions, eating and identity, dining, rationality and norms, vegetarianism and moral philosophy, aesthetics and concepts of deliciousness! The focus is always on simple, artful ingredients and clear directions for a practical class or assigned cooking experience.
Food aligns itself with fashion, music, art, ethics and speech. Table etiquette includes how to shop for and prepare ingredients, kitchen utensils and techniques, artfulness in presentation, how to serve, eating implements and - most importantly - the rituals of proper eating habits. These have as many variations as there are ethnic groups, from dipping one’s right hand into a communal dish to understanding the intricacies of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Food and its consumption is almost always an occasion for reinforcing ties between members of a family, settlement or community. To be memorable to most of us, important meals of the day are shared. The Epicurians of ancient Greece believed that when it came to the palate, choosing the right person to eat with was of greater importance than the menu, expressed by the following maxim:
“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink..."
All organisms must eat to survive, but we are the only one who cooks, elevating culinary arts and "reason in the kitchen" to a pinnacle of cultural expression over millennia.
Choose your own modules and approach. Mix and match histories and recipes. Our Reason in the Kitchen series is designed to be a flexible and creative approach to culinary arts in any classroom or home setting!