Chopsticks have been dug from burial plots that
are at least 3,200 years old. Some surmise that they evolved from
a practice of using a wooden stick while cooking on an open fire
to prod, stir or move food. It is fairly easy to imagine how a
pair of sticks came to be used like tongs.
People tend to pigeonhole the wok as an instrument of stir frying. It seems to have been developed specifically for that use; that is the job it does to perfection. Yet this uniquely shaped cooking pot handles at least adequately: frying, deep frying, braising, stewing, boiling, smoking, steaming, and soup making … more