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Diets of different cultures

Food: comparing cultures Asian cuisine American cuisine Arabic cuisine Jewish cuisine
  • Food: comparing cultures
  • Asian cuisine
  • American cuisine
  • Arabic cuisine
  • Jewish cuisine

Food: comparing cultures

Eating is basic for life and every day we look for food repeatedly; however, it is much more than habit or necessity.

Imagine asking a hypothetical Mr. Mario to describe his food style. For example, he could answer that he eats "Italian", with a frequent consumption of pasta, bread, pizza, olive oil and that at Christmas there is never a lack of panettone and pandori on his table. He could also remember that among his preferences there are also typical foods of where he was born, lived or lives. Our diet is therefore the result of a set of factors related to tradition but also to changes, to personal and other choices, to preferences dictated by taste, state of health, haste, cost. We can then identify other elements, perhaps less immediate but equally influential on our food styles, such as the history, geography, economy, politics, culture of a place and exchanges with other realities, according to constantly evolving processes. Understanding the power of the different ethnic groups of the planet therefore means defining a complex series of factors, variously integrated.

Given the vastness of the topic, this chapter is limited to the treatment of the food styles of some geographic areas (Asia and America) and of some groups that, although living in different countries, share certain eating habits (Arab and Jewish cuisine).

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