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Food in Culture
When people migrate the don't leave everything behind, their cultures and customs come with them. One of the most noticeable parts of their cultures they bring is the food. Food is what distinguishes and makes people recognize them by.
Food in culture isn't just about the food, it has to do with the preparation, ingredients used, and the way it's eaten. It is also a symbol of hospitality, social status and religious significance as well.
In some cultures only meats that were prepared in a special way and which were cared for, I’m referring to kosher meats. Kosher is usually associated with religion, Islam and Judaism, although it can also be a matter of preference since kosher meat is more natural and cleaner that other meats. It can still be cooked just as regular meats and enjoyed just the same.
Just as special meats are used foods can be used for special occasions. Holidays, birthdays and any other reason for there to be a celebration can call for special foods or foods with special meanings. Birthday cake is eaten on people’s birthday throughout North America and is usually eaten after the birthday song is sung and candles corresponding to the age of birthday person are blown out. Turkey is the main dish and most famous dish on Thanksgiving and is usually placed in the center or first/last among the food to attract attention to itself and to emphasis the dish itself. Ham on Christmas or easter, goat of Eid, and tamales on El Dia de los Muertos these are just a few examples. Food is not only sustenance but also harbors special meanings to us all and can stir certain feelings during special occasions.
All recipes have a couple major components. Ingredients, measurements, and the instructions. You know everything before hand, so no dish is ruined because you were unaware or unprepared for it. You can make a place in your schedule to cook for yourself because recipes also have all the timings for each step and the whole duration of the dish.
The best part is that a recipe is never concrete. Once you got it down or if you don't like a certain ingredient, you can either leave it out or substitute it. Even though it tells you what to do, experimentation is not prohibited, in fact its smiled upon. A dish also has to have a piece of you, whether its your ideas or your heart. Recipes are just the foundation for whatever food you you want and then you can get to make it yours by tweaking it to fit your skills and or taste.
Recipes, whether you follow them or not, are useful and are like the launching pad for a rocket. Its a starting point, not a straight line. You start and then you choose where you get to finish and how. The ingredients aren't set in stone, measurements aren't set in stone, nothing in a recipe is set it stone. Its up to the cook on how she/he utilizes the recipe.
Food in History
Today we won't think twice about food since it's so accessible and common in the US. However, before that ever happened food was always at the top of the list for everyone and everything.
During the stone age people were mainly hunters and gatherers. Small prey, nuts, berries and other small fruits were the objective food sources these people would seek out. It wasn't until about 10,000 BC when this began to evolve. The Neolithic revolution began, or the new age. Agriculture began to rise and long with this came more permanent settlements rather than the nomadic lifestyle. Instead of having to look and hunt for your food you were now growing it in a place which was convenient to you.
After civilizations began, social classes stated to distinguish themselves. Here food was evolving from just sustenance to a more essential role in telling apart social classes and being eaten for enjoyment and pleasure as well. Certain ingredients or items weren't as accessible to everyone and these were the ones that were seen as more elegant since few could afford to retrieve said items. An example, in Ancient Mesopotamia beer was everyone's drink of choice. Everyone from the poorest or the poor to the grandest elites drank it. However being rather new and made far away, wine was something only the nobles and monarchs could afford to have. Being that the fermentation process and ingredients were different also mad that much more valuable and elegant as well. Today such foods still exist, but most of the foods eaten for our sole enjoyment are easily the most accessible ones, a total mirrored image from the past.
Dining Habits (Vas personal)
US culture differs in the way we dine compared to the rest of the world.First, our timing for our meals. We have have breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Brunch is an absolute oddity to the rest of the world, its an American invention which places a meal time at a time most others would deem inconvenient. The time others would use to digest is a meal time for us and it baffles the world.
Second, dinner, others refer to this as the midday meal. Midday meal is eaten around 4 to 5 in the afternoon and light snacks during the evening, being that midday meals are the heaviest. We take this meal at the end of the working day, which is around 7 to 10 in the evening. This is another thing that confuses people out of America, since it is the heaviest meal it would make sense that we don't eat it when our metabolism is at its slowest since our body is preparing itself for sleep.
Third and lastly, the way most Americans eat. From every country that uses utensils(forks, spoons, and knives) the US differs in the way that they are used. There's a lot of switching back and forth between utensils and they are held in a somewhat fist like way. This all traces back to how the US separated from Britain and wanted nothing to do with them anymore, so they began to do the exact opposite of what they did.
World Renown Chefs (Vas personal)
He was born is Scotland in November 8 of 1966. He wasn't in a stable home in his childhood years since the were forced to move around a lot due to the job related failures of his alcoholic father. At the age of 12 he got into football and continued until the age of 15 because of an injury to the knee. He sees this event as life changing because without he would've never become the chef he is today. Hi cooking styles are Italian, British and French. He has had 3 successful tv programs in the UK along with 5 in the US. He has also opened up several thriving restaurants and has a total of 16 Michelin Stars.
She was born January 19 of 1947. She learned her signature southern cooking style from her grandmother. After hitting a rough patch both emotionally and financially, cooking was the only that made her feel calm, safe and at home. She now is a celebrity chef who owns and runs her own successful restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. She has published a total of fourteen books and now has her own network after the Food Network didn't renew her contract due to a lawsuit filed against her for racial slurs.
He was born on April 10 pf 1964. He spent most of his childhood living in New Delhi and began his career in the hospitality industry and was allowed to have a culinary career due to his degree in catering technology and applied nutrition. He gas the longest running show of its king in Asia, which can be seen in over 150 countries with over 500 million viewers.
The meaning of cooking is the practice or skill of making a meal out of ingredients, by mixing, combining and using heat/fire .
Chemical Reactions can be used as a form to cook food . Ex. Ceviche
Cooking skills : Roasting, baking,boiling, frying, steaming and smoking
Poultry, beef, bird, fish, carrots, celery, water, milk, pasta, basically fruits, vegetables, meats anything eatable can be used to cook .
A lot of dishes don’t have to be hot, they are served cold
Cooking is an art which involves creativity .
Culinary school is where people go to learn how to cook. Many universities/ colleges, even colleges, have this course (Ex . Le Cordon Bleu, Johnson and Wales, Singley)
Personal 2 (Ashley) Traditional foods and Courses
Courses : A full course meal has 3 courses : Appetizers, Main entree, Dessert.
Appetizers also referred to Hors d’oeuvre, is the first course in the meal . It is a small meal to begin with, it includes dishes like soups, salads, bread, chips and salsa, etc ..
Main entree : It is the second dish and the most heaviest plate in the meal. Its main ingredient is a source of protein such as meat, poultry or fish .
Dessert : The dessert dish is the treat of the meal. It consists of sweet foods and beverages such as hot chocolates, milkshakes, cookies, cake, pies, gelatin, ice cream and pudding, it could also include fruits. In groups, there are cakes, candy and chocolates, cookies and biscuits, custard and puddings, Frozen desserts, jelly desserts, pastries, sweet soups
Traditional Foods : Foods that are cooked my ancestors that are passed down to the next generation, this topic being people from a country passing dishes to the next generation of the same country .
These dishes typically consist of goods that are easily found in the country . For example, Italy has foods like pizza and spaghetti because they have easy access to grains.
Mexico : Mole, Tamales, tacos,
USA: Burgers,Hot dogs, apple pies, Steaks
Canada : Maple syrup, bacon,Poutine — French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds
Asia : Noodles, rice, sushi, fish
Britain : Sandwiches, fish and chip and pies.