Hearth Cooking: An Ancient Cooking Technique Revisited

Hearth cooking flavors food from the fire. Learn how to cook on an open hearth, an ancient, practical and enjoyable culinary tradition.



On the hob, a kettle steamed; on the hearth, a cat reposed. — Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
On the hob, a kettle steamed; on the hearth, a cat reposed. — Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend 
Photo by Ian Everard
Warning: Once you begin cooking over an open fire, you may get hooked on this peaceful form of meditation! Eventually, the consummate hearth-cooking chef will want the full setup for this ancient form of cooking.
Warning: Once you begin cooking over an open fire, you may get hooked on this peaceful form of meditation! Eventually, the consummate hearth-cooking chef will want the full setup for this ancient form of cooking.
Illustration by Ian Everard
Cooking by the fire’s light is silent. It is lyrical. It is as stress-free a cooking method as there can be.
Cooking by the fire’s light is silent. It is lyrical. It is as stress-free a cooking method as there can be.
Photo by Ian Everard
Ember-baked fish cooks quickly, charring the outside while yielding moist, tender flesh.
Ember-baked fish cooks quickly, charring the outside while yielding moist, tender flesh.
Photo by Ian Everard
Artichokes, onions, peppers and most other dense vegetables roast beautifully on a bed of embers.
Artichokes, onions, peppers and most other dense vegetables roast beautifully on a bed of embers.
Photo by Ian Everard

















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