Improved health must certainly have been one result of the discovery of cooking, and it has even been argued, by the late Carleton Coon, that cooking was the decisive factor in leading man from a primarily animal existence into one that was more fully human'.
But however palatable a sizzling steak in ice-age conditions, the shrinkage that resuts from direct roasting would scarcely recommend itself to the hard-worked hunter, so that a natural next step, for tough roots...
as for meat, would be slower cooking in the embers or on a flat stone by the side of the fire.
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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...
The use of fire, extended to food preparation, resulted in a great increas of plant food supply.
All of the major domesticated plant foods, such as wheat, barley, rice, millet, rye, and potatoes, require cooking before they are suitable for human consumption.
It is, of course, impossible to gauge with any certainty as what stage in the million of years of human evolution the quest for a much wider food horizon began.