- VOCATION | AVOCATION
Flame on: Argues that the practice of cooking food, beginning with Homo erectus, ultimately enabled the human brain to evolve to its current large size.
- RESEARCH FOCUS
Into the frying pan: His theory has many skeptics because only scattered signs of fire use by H. erectus exist. One example: a Chinese site where H. erectus may have spat hackberry seeds into early campfires (producing spectacular sparks).
- BIG PICTURE
On the importance of the stove: “Everywhere, everyone expects a cooked meal every evening.”