The practice of cooking over a fire transformed Humanity.* It socialized us. First, 
as hunter-gatherers huddled around a campfire. Then by the farming of crops and 
domestic animals, creating an agri-culture of towns and villages. 

For the past ten thousand years, prior to the Industrial Revolution, 
most people in the world were farmers.

Following the surge of science and industry in the new world, a few people could 
grow and distribute food for many people, leading to the industrial food complex, 
surplus foods, culinary trades, gourmet dining, widespread availability of 
international and ethnic foods, food as art, nutritional awareness, and ‘slow’ food.

From the beginning of Humankind, recipes and generational continuity, 
throughout the world, have documented and mimicked the shared history of food.

* (Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire)