One of humanity's most admirable characteristics is its ability to adapt to new situations. Evolution is born of adaptation and is one of the most fundamental markers of progress. In the kitchen, the circumstances that inspire evolution are too often that not born of times of adversity, poverty, war and oppression. While the dire predicaments that have plagued humanity throughout history might in themselves be horrifying, the results they have inspired in the kitchen frequently find their way into the culinary repertoire of a culture's most beloved recipes. Certainly there were recipes created during hard times that were abandoned the moment the situation improved, but it is not only the gems that bear remembering. In times of hardship, we can draw inspiration from the endless line of cooks, stretching back to the very beginning of our collective culinary history, who were resourceful enough to adapt to desperate times. Occasionally they fashioned something we would prefer to forget, but more often than not what they produced was sublime, born of virtually nothing at al.