What food means to me; exploring cuisine

What is food to me?To me food is a display of people’s lives onto a platter.Not elaborate enough?Well i will show u “a whole new world”!

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This brings the life to the proverb”you are what you eat.”

The food you choose to eat and cook gives off so many details about your mindset,personality and lifestyle.

If you had the skills of Sherlock here,one look at a naked person and a whiff of what that person has eaten would be enough to give him a life story.

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If you are someone who takes out often,you probably love food but can’t dedicate any time to it and aren’t worried about your health,or if i often find u smelling off some seasoning and spices,i can tell you must be someone who cooks and depending on what i smell i can tell what you cook and unless you are a diversified chef,i can tell where you are from,which part of the country,your festivals and customs and so many things.

my friends were no geniuses but back in when i was in my 7th grade i used to bring either pasta,or some rice dish for weeks straight without any variation and it wasn’t really good either.That told them them that whoever was cooking(the cook) wasn’t very passionate and the food was prepared in bulk just for me for lunch at school and my parents didn’t ever taste it which reflected upon my my pretty modern casual family.And whenever i tried to share it with friends well…

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Well lets get to my top 5 favourite cuisines around the world!(Not in order)
France

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If you know what this is,give yourself a pat on the back,if not(hint:it’s from a an animated movie about a rat that wants to cook)

French cuisine is insanely popular and has a lot of ‘oomph‘ factor to it because this cuisine focuses a lot on plating,presentation,dining etiquette and having fancy names,but its obviously so much more than that.French cuisine is mainly about creating a harmonious dish that elevates the quality of the main ingredient.Dishes are usually prepared with a base of celery,onions,carrots and garlic.Wine is added too,to concentrate the flavour.Browned meats are then added to intensify the flavour and in the end the dish is seasoned with herbs.The techniques like sauteing,braising,broiling,roasting etc are logical and have reasons to be used and hence universal.

To truly understand the mentality of French dining, you have to look beyond the ingredients and the techniques. Think of it as a way of life. “It’s really the style of eating, how meals are planned and a way to sit around the French table.The typical meal includes three courses—a simple starter (soup is a popular option), a main dish (this could be as basic as a quick chicken recipe), and then cheese and fruit for dessert. “It’s meant to unfold, so it’s a really relaxing moment at the end of the day. It’s about the pleasure of sitting down, enjoying family, company, and food.
Thailand

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Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. Thai chef McDang characterizes Thai food as demonstrating “intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor”, as well as care being given to the food’s appearance, smell and context.Thailand cuisine is a mix of eastern and European influences.As you can taste from the tom yum soup,the fundamentals of Thai cuisine is to blend spicy,sweet,sour,bitter and saltiness into the dish which is brought together with a broth/paste/sauce.

As well as many herbs and spices used in Thai food, fish sauce is often used in a similar way salt is, as it mellows the taste. This means vegetarians will have to take this into account and be more careful when choosing food in Thailand.There is also a lot of Chinese influence. Many Chinese restaurants and fusion foods exist in Thailand side by side with the authentic Thai cuisine restaurants.
Italy

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Italian cuisine focuses on simplicity(pasta being one of the first dishes i have ever cooked and can cook) where dishes many dishes usually have only 2-4 main ingredients like as in pasta and pizza.From that initial crescendo to the last savored bite, every authentic Italian dish is built upon the most basic yet most flavorful ingredients. “Traditional products are very important in the flavors of Italy, which, at their best, are based on seasonality and locality.As a result,a key point of this cuisine is the freshness and quality of the ingredients.Italian food is bold and satisfying without being heavy. It’s rich and textural and uses a whole palette of flavors.
Traditional Central Italian cuisine uses ingredients such as tomatoes, all kinds of meat, fish, and pecorino cheese(cheese from sheep’s milk).
Vietnam

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Food here tastes real good because its the freshest in the world.Most of the marketplaces have live ducks,chickens,fishes,pigs,u name it and they are killed right before they are sold.Restaurants often too have the animals “live” before they serve it.

As the people respect balance rules, Vietnamese cuisine always combines fragrance, taste, and colour. Vietnamese cuisine always has five elements which are known for its balance in each of these features. Many Vietnamese dishes include five fundamental taste senses : spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (earth), corresponding to five organs : gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder.The principle of yin and yang is applied in composing a meal in a way that provides a balance that is beneficial for the body. While contrasting texture and flavors are important, the principle primarily concerns the “heating” and “cooling” properties of ingredients. Certain dishes are served in their respective seasons to provide contrasts in temperature and spiciness of the food and environment.

for example-Seafoods ranging from “cool” to “cold” are suitable to use with ginger(“warm”).
India


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There’s no way i would make a list without Indian cuisine!its probably just my bias,but this is the land of spices.Most dishes here have an amazing combination of spices that give it a great spicy, sour, sweet, and hot all at the same time and the aroma is like a bomb when the spices are done perfectly right.There are a basic 20 to 30 spices that are used in many dishes—cumin, coriander, turmeric, and ginger, to name a few—and there are an infinite number of ways of using them. “Every spice has a reason for being there. They have health benefits, and they make the food more exciting and flavorful,

And non-indians;please,every indian dish isnt a curry lol. and there are huge varities of dishes here due to cultural differences.Also if you are a vegetarian theres no better place than than India for you.

Credits to wikipedia and https://www.realsimple.com/

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Cookery:the origins and needs

Cooking goes waay back to millions of years ago when ancient man had just discovered fire. 🔥

It is an art and a science and is one of the most fundamental skills I believe everyone should have (which I lack 😭)and it can be done with/without heat.

Now about 28% Americans(mostly millennials) can’t cook because they say they have no time and have work and as a result they eat take out all day and it’s not like most of them can afford a personal cook.

In India where I am from,though cooking isn’t just for food but it’s a culture that is passed on pretty well from mother to daughter and most households still emphasize on home-made food.

However because of increasing job insecurity and pressure on kids to perform and so many takeouts to,it’s on the verge of declining and that is sad.

It could also be argued that in a couple of years robots could be good enough to cook,so there’s no need,but hey,you lose all the thrill and knowledge you could have gained and robots aren’t going to be good enough to variate dishes any time soon.

So if Ur still reading this thank you and if u don’t know how to cook,well you can get started with some cookbooks online,I would recommend mark bittman’s how to cook everything.

Stay tuned and have a great day

~coming up:cuisines over the world~