HOW TO BUILD AN EARTH OVEN

Short of mashing our food or cooking it over an open fire, the Earth Oven is the oldest cooking method known to humankind.  Evidence of their use goes back tens of thousands of years, and they can be found all over the world across nearly all cultures.

The exact construction can vary, but the basic design is the same. Dig a pit in the ground, line it with stones, get those stones blazing hot, then put some food in and bury it!  This method can bake, smoke, or steam food. It’s not as much work as it seems, and it makes for a exciting cooking experience that’s great for parties and summer barbecues especially.

Not only is it fun, it imparts a unique flavor to the food that’s cooked inside one that can only be described as “earthy” and makes any other food I’ve heard called “earthy” before this seem like a lie.  Soil infused?  This stuff tastes like it was cooked inside the earth, because it was!

If you’re interested in new and interesting ways to cook your food, you cannot beat an Earth Oven.

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Welcome to ANTHRO CHEF

My name is Holden Wilson. I am a chef and an amateur history buff from Chicago.

This project combines my two greatest passions in life: cooking and history.  This is a study of the history of food and the humans who eat it, tracing the early origins of what we eat, and how it shaped the destiny of our species.

Check back with us soon for the first episode of our podcast, as well as ancient recipes and cooking techniques. All coming soon!