Modern techniques and innovation have changed the face of ceramics dramatically. New ideas have been put into use as more and more information circulates throughout the world. Ceramics have always been an innovative field, and today is no exception. For centuries, knives were made of metal, no matter their use. This is changing in the modern kitchen. Chefs have always been willing to use new and different items in order to facilitate their cooking needs. Knives are a prime example of their willingness to experiment. Ceramic knives keep their edge for years before sharpening is necessary. Many home kitchens are beginning to see the value in these razor edged implements and they are becoming a staple in many homes.
Baking in ceramic has long been a traditional method of cooking in many cultures. Modern communications through the internet and television have brought together ideas from many distant cultures. Today it is possible to cook in ceramic pots with recipes from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Different cultures had their own unique pottery and spices, but many used this slow cooking method to make meals. Modern ceramics make cooking these traditional dishes a tasty lesson in geography, culture and cuisine.
When serving a meal, the dish should always look appetizing because people eat with their eyes first. Arranging food artistically has been a staple of many cultures. Today’s ceramic dishes take this one step further with the ability to personalize and enhance the dishes themselves. Ceramic decals can change a plain plate or serving bowl into an object of art. These decals can be used to create a new family tradition.
Ceramics have been the basis of cooking for thousands of years. There have been many advances to make modern ceramics a material that enhances the lives of those who cook and serve meals today. There is an almost infinite variety for today’s cooks to present their favorite dishes with style and flavor whether preparing a meal or serving a dish.