#133 Kitchen Magic

December 1st, 2010


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The tools of conjuration

These are the homely tools

For bringing more than mere sustenance. In truth, we don’t really need to cook our food, for the most part. Okay, dried beans and rice need the touch of boiling water, but we don’t need Chili Verde con Carne y Frijoles, do we? Nor do we need Ginger Fried Rice. We need calories and proteins and certain minerals. Anything we do, beyond filling the need, to dress it up, is mere art, decoration, recreation. There is a school of thought that says the culinary is the original art, the first attempt at rising above the mundane, to achieve a place among the Gods.

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Be that as it may, cooking utensils present a challenge to the photographer in that they are often metallic, shiny, and have narrow lines. The whisk and the strainer were placed here specifically to test my ability to keep the foreground at the front. I think I did pretty well, but I see that I would have done better to have wiped off the toaster.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

One Comment

  1. Alisha Venters Says:

    I adore this photo. As a culinary artist myself, and a “Kitchen Witch,” this is sacred and special and you have wrought much beauty. Oh, and I *like* the schmutz on the toaster…kitchen tools are for using.

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