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The concept of roast meat could scarcely have existed without knowledge of cooking, nor the concept of cooking without knowledge of roast meat.Charles Lamb's imaginary tale of the discovery of roast pork is not, perhaps, too far off the mark.Your librarian will be happy to help you find a copy.] "Homo erecutus may have used fire to a very limited extent some 300,000 years ago, but the evidence is sparse and questionable.Fire's general use, according to both paleontological and archaeolgical records, began only about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago...In fact, in a raw state, many plants contain toxic or indigestible substances or antinutrients.But after cooking, many of these undesirable substances are deactivated, neutralized, reduced, or released; and starch and other nutrients in the plants are rendered absorbable by the digestive tract.
Whatever the case, by all the laws of probability roasting must have been the first method used, its discovery accidental.
A litter of Chinese piglets, some stray sparks from the fire, a dwelling reduced to ashes, and unfamiliar but interesting smell, a crisp and delectable assault on the taste buds...
Taken back a few millennia and relocated in Europe this would translate into a piece of mammoth, venison or something of the sort falling in the campfire and having to be left there until the flames died down.
Although a simple knowledge of edible plant resources could be transmitted easily enough in Pleistocene times, it seems unlikely that special methods of food preparation were devised before the Neolithic cultural level.
In the case of manioc tubers, for example, which are rich in starch, fat and protein, it is necessary to eliminate...hydrogen cyanide.