Let’s go travel… the next stop is at four of the kitchens recognized as World Heritage. UNESCO has registered very few on your list, so each has something special to brag about, if you love food and travel, take note, I’m sure you will be surprised to know in detail what we are talking:
The Mediterranean diet and traditional French, Japanese and Mexican cuisines have been declared World Heritage. Cultural and social values are recognized in all of them.
1. Mediterranean Diet: Chipre, Croacia, España, Grecia, Italia, Marruecos and Portugal
The Mediterranean diet includes a set of knowledge, practical skills, rituals, traditions and symbols related to crops and agricultural crops, fisheries and animal husbandry, and also how to hold, process, cook, share and consume food.
This information gives UNESCO recognition speaks that makes this so interesting exchange between all these countries products and techniques, plus conserver regional identity in your kitchen as part of a community. Eating together is the foundation of the cultural identity and continuity of communities throughout the Mediterranean basin.
French gastronomy is a social practice for celebrating the most important events in the life of individuals and groups, such as births, weddings, birthdays and reunions.
It is a festive meal in which the assembled diners practice the art of good food and good drink. The gastronomic meal emphasizes the importance of the fact of feeling comfortable together, the pleasure of tasting food and drink, and the harmony between humans and nature products.
Surely we all admire French cuisine because is elegant and supreme, but especially UNESCO recognizes the manners and the art of good eating that preserve the French, always putting coexistence, an activity that the food always will reveal. Around a good meal, there is always a good time to talk and pleasant company.
The washoku is a social practice based on a set of practical skills, traditions and knowledge linked to the production, processing, preparation and consumption of food. This element of cultural heritage is related to an essential principle of respect for nature, is closely linked to the sustainable use of natural resources. The washoku usually manifest during New Year holidays.
Definitely, one of the meals that more has expanded his following is Japanese, tropicalized each country, using regional and hints of special flavors products found in biggest cities, at each airport or shopping center, of course we are talking about Sushi. But no, it is not these little multicolored rolls that recognize UNESCO as a World Heritage. They are talking to a very special Japanese ancestral practice around food, in the washoku, we can observe a moment of family cohesion and respect, which is part of the culture of this country. Washoku is a must if one day you are in Japan during this celebration.
And of course, we come to my favorite, The Traditional Mexican Cuisine. Surprise to many readers is that, we were thinking some misconceptions that sometimes we have of things, the cuisine of Mexico which is preserved and placed as worthy element to brag are not the tacos al pastor, the burritos and much less nachos with cheese. Let us know what is.
Traditional Mexican cuisine is a comprehensive cultural model comprising farming, ritual practices, old skills, culinary techniques, ancestral customs and ways of community behavior. This has become possible thanks to the participation of the community in the entire traditional food chain: from planting and harvest of crops, to food preparation and tasting of dishes. The basic elements of the system are: corn, beans and chili; unique farming methods, such as corn and chinampa; culinary preparation procedures such as nixtamalization; and special tools such as grinding stones and stone mortars. Also, basic food ingredients like different varieties of tomatoes, pumpkins, avocados, cocoa and vanilla are added.
Throughout Mexico you can find traditional cooks, whose knowledge and skills are an expression of community identity and help to reinforce social bonds and strengthen the sense of identity at national, regional and local levels.
Cuisine as a living and life-giving Mexican heritage deserves our care and protection to achieve its greatest flourishing in the future.
How to identify the traditional cuisine of Mexico?
- It is transmitted as a legacy through generations since ancient time and its continuation.
- It represents a fundamental factor of cultural identity and social cohesion, which will strengthen the links in communities and the sense of identity at national, regional and local levels.
- It contributes to community development and dialogue between itself and other social groups.
- It involves natural ingredients and it is prepared by using traditional techniques and tools.
- It keeps the mechanisms of ancestral cooking.
- It takes part in everyday life and celebrations of people and communities.
Importance of safeguarding traditional cuisine of Mexico UNESCO
Preservation and promotion of traditional culinary heritage based primarily on corn and corn products. Among the main tasks it is considered the rescue and preservation of oral tradition, recipes, cooking habits at parties and celebrations, markets and traditional commerce, and supporting agricultural production, the establishment of small food businesses and some varieties of food made by traditional methods.
Where can we find the true traditional cooks in Mexico?
The answer is very easy, they are everywhere, we will talk about them in the next blog…