Tabletop Cooking is for you if
As The Tabletop Cook, I want to share my experiences with you. Telling you what I've learned over the years as I've lived in and traveled through the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Europe is the best way for me to invite you all to my table. My favorite meals and memories have been made while sitting--and cooking--right at the dinner table with my favorite people.
Cooking at the table means different things to different people: Depending on where you’re from and where you've been, fondue, raclette, hot pot, hot stones, barbecue, or pupu platters might come to mind.
For some folks, cooking at the table is a cheap and easy way to cook a family meal, or an opportunity for friends to eat and drink wine late into the night. For others, it’s exotic, romantic, retro, or trendy.
But when you think about it--friends and family cooking up raw meat and vegetables while seated around a fire--cooking at the table is totally primitive. Wanting to share a meal with others is instinctual, and having everyone participate in preparing it is natural.
For example, contemporary Mongolian hot pot has its roots in the simple fare of Mongolian nomads who boiled their food together in a communal pot. Fondue and raclette are attributed to Swiss shepherds who likewise ate together.
I don’t know that the Swiss shepherds learned how to share their food by observing Mongolian warriors: I prefer to think that humans naturally and spontaneously ate together because it has always been more wonderful than eating alone.
I want to share with you the food, fun, and friendship that I anticipate every time we fire up the indoor grill or plug in the electric fondue pot. If you’re ready to join me for a culinary adventure, click on a link to start exploring!
Also, visit the recipe index for some unique social cooking ideas!
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.