Drain mushrooms. Mash cheese with small amount of cream. Add salt and Worcestershire sauce. Add mushrooms and mix. Chill thoroughly so mixture will be easy to handle and then shape into ball and roll it in finely minced parsley. Serve with melba toast rounds.
From Friends and Their Food by Virginia Safford, Dillon Press, 1969.
Richard Wrangham, a professor at Harvard University and author of Catching Fire, studies the role of cooking in human evolution. "Once you start thinking about the importance of cooking -- its supply of energy, its strange distribution compared to natural foods -- it's bound to have affected our evolution hugely, our behavior, our society, our cognition, all sorts of features about us," he says.