Fire! Since man first learned to tame it, fire has been used for food preparation and preservation. Fire provided a cooked product with a different aroma, flavor, and color than what early man was used to. It also prevented the food from spoiling as fast to allow for food without having to hunt everyday. It will never be known for sure if learning to cook food was a well thought-out process or an accidental discovery, but it was one of the biggest advancements of the time.

Today fire and the smoke produced from it are still very important factors in food taste and preservation. Man no longer needs to cook over an open fire everyday for his dinner, but the flavor and attributes from this cooking method live on in our daily lives. Almost every culture has at least one important cooking method that involves smoking their foods, from hibachi in Japan, to street grilling in Thailand, to the use of chulas in India, to kebobs in the Middle East, to churrasco in Brazil, to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey J. Rozum
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  1. 1.Red Arrow International, LLCManitowocUSA

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