Yes, black was literally the hottest fashion by default during my early childhood days, when firewood was used to cook our food and boil our water. No choice, as we were poorer than church mice, and firewood was the cheapest option. One bullock cart full of wood cost just 10 ringgit, delivered to the doorstep.
Firewood produced plenty of smoke when burned, and soot particles would coat everything in the kitchen, apart from the two proverbial protagonists — floor, walls, underside of our attap roofs (and probably the inside of our lungs too; hopefully my heart is not black).
Surely we have progressed a long way, and nowadays our pots can call our kettles by any color, apart from black.