Patricia Bunning Stevens is the author of Merry Christmas! A History of the Holiday.
In terms of geological time, good cooks are a young species. They‘ve been evolving for a scant half a million years, since fire was first tamed and tended. Rare Bits is a delightful and illuminating account of humankind’s progression from skewering meat to whipping up a batch of Strawberries Sarah Bernhardt.The range is wide, from Bismarcks to Green Goddess dressing. Stevens provides much food for thought as she delves always deeper, brushing aside spurious anecdotes to find the truth.