Food versus History

Joined Nov 17, 2002
Without understanding the history of the people, the regions, the establishments of certain cuisines (mother cuisines and all the derivitives thereof) how can one truly understand the essense of tradition.

Being a chef, I try to learn as much as possible about as many traditions as I possibly can. Sometimes I question things that have been around for hundreds of years and wonder what the difference was for Careme and Escoffier versus Cheffy working in a state of the art Kitchen...and what would they say if the tasted my Chipotle-Miso Glace de Viande...

Makes me wonder...

My latest buzz was discovering how rice paper was made when I was sitting there frying up rice bowls and realized I didn't know how rice paper was made and had no idea that there was a plant named "Rice Paper Plant"...when the inquiring mind quits inquiring then it is time to move on and learn another profession...

Cheffy's Two Cents...
Joined Nov 16, 2002

I do think that we can see the progress and sophistication of a culture evolving through its relationship with" eating".

This is a neverendingstory... but the way we eat, gather, hunt , cultivate has been the measure to our civility or adaptability to >>>Civilization . To everything

The way we are ,how healthy ,how beautiful, if we indeed as a group survived. As in the case of the Indians in my Island, Antrhopology and Cuisine go hand in hand.

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Joined May 14, 2001
Understanding culinary history provides a true grasp of history in all its facets. Nearly all the "History" taught in American schools today is little more than a chronology of war.

When you study a culture's culinary traditions, you get to know the people, what they thought, how they lived, THAT is the essence of history.

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