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Secrets from the Greek Kitchen$
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David E. Sutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280540

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280540.001.0001

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Tools and Their Users

Tools and Their Users

(p.48) Chapter 2 Tools and Their Users
Secrets from the Greek Kitchen

David E. Sutton

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on five different Kalymnian tools: knives, kitchen counters, can openers, rolling pins, and outdoor ovens. The goal is to explore issues of the relationship of skill, embodiment, and memory. I look at tools-in-use in the kitchen environment, raising questions about the social efficacy of techniques, tools as extensions of the body and the senses, the agency of objects, and the relationship of tools to memories and identities (such as ideas about the traditional and the modern). The chapter also introduces ideas about “risk” in the kitchen as a key angle for understanding how cooking is valued on Kalymnos.

Keywords:   skill, environment, risk, tools-in-use, tradition and modernity, senses

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