COOKING AND CARBON
I asked my hosts about a little stove I had seen in a few of the Kericho homes I visited. They told me the hourglass- shaped cooker was called the Kenyan Ceramic Jiko (KCJ or Jiko for short) – invented in the 1980s to make cooking with charcoal and wood more efficient and cleaner.
But, even this inexpensive stove is too costly for many. Instead, they use a simple base made of stones and burn brushwood to cook their meals. I sometimes find little stubs of wood, blackened with carbon, in odd places around. I'm tempted to pick them up and use them to draw with, just as I did when I was a kid.
But you also might say it's the stuff of death.
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