I enjoy perusing a museum's (home) design/decorative art
collection to look not so much as at the flatware and place
settings of history past, but at the kitchen equiptment
used in everyday living.
Some people believe that the kitchen is a station filled
with unglamorous tasks, while others contend that a place
setting is, well, exactly what is stated--a place setting
of subservience: effete and well-mannered, of course.
Conceptually, if there is a difference, the difference
is in attitude: servile chore as opposed to dutiful obligation,
emboldened pride as opposed to restrained honor.
Back to the kitchen... I was enamoured when I went to the
Smithsonian and was able to peer into the kitchen of Julia
Child. Kitchens like hers aren't made any more.
Smothered Light/Apple Tofu Stirfry
Besides the eclectic foodstuff, a varied number of cooking
utensils were used to prepare these meals: knife, juice
trumpet, mortar and pestle, chop sticks, peeler, ceramic
grater, tomato claw, measuring cup, garlic press, and flat
Excuse me if I confuse a utensil with a tool!!!