Pots n' Pans

Photo by The Curated Feast

Photo by The Curated Feast

What’s cookin, good lookin?

Tell me what you’re dreaming up for Sunday supper! But do you wonder the first thing that ever got cooking? Fish soup — in a clay pot!

Ok, maybe this wasn’t the very first thing. Of course there were ages of open spit roasting before, but according to @npr, new analysis of pottery made 15,000 years ago in Japan (or what we call Japan, today) reveals that it was used to cook seafood, probably salmon.

This relic is from the Jōmon period, a neolithic time when pots were made by hand, without the aid of a wheel. The potter would build up the vessel from the bottom with coil upon coil of soft clay.

Their bad pot washing skills have given science the clues needed to scrape together evidence of ancient foods, today! This photo was taken in the Reykjavik kitchen of the eminent Icelandic food historian, @nannavalgerdur, who had the most amazing collection of cast irons and food styling props I’ve ever seen. Read about my Icelandic food adventures, on my blog HERE.

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