Consider The Fork by Bee Wilson (Particular Books, £20)

IN our kitchens we may have all the sophisticated aids and gadgets imaginable to enable us to put so many different culinary delights on our tables, but we will always turn to the humble fork and knife to help us to our goal.

Bee Wilson brings us an interesting look into our kitchens showing us how these aids came to being and developed from the knife, pot and heat into the array of kitchen tools and instruments that occupy our shelves and drawers today.

Some have developed out of necessity but others have come on the backs of innovators seeking to cash in on the widening interest in cookery, Bee Wilson treats us to a fascinating story that stands before us every time we are in our kitchens ready to prepare the next meal.

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