Articles tagged with: cuisine
To follow up on an earlier GeoCurrents post on the geography of milk consumption, let’s consider the global patterns of where and to what extent meat, poultry, and fish are consumed.
The food of Hawaii reflects the islands’ geography, history, and the traditional beliefs of its inhabitants. Time-honored culinary practices of the first Polynesian settlers have been melding with gastronomic sensibilities of American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and other immigrants of the 19th and 20th centuries.
To many people “vanilla” is synonymous with “plain” or “boring”, perhaps because of the bland taste of vanilla ice cream (the most popular ice cream flavor worldwide) or because most Americans get their vanilla flavor either in the form of vanilla extract, which contains at least 35% alcohol (and tastes accordingly), or from imitation vanilla derived from wood fibers. The real vanilla, however, is the second most expensive spice after saffron. Its flavor is as delicate as its story is fascinating.
Since Siberia is distinguished by harsh climates, its inhabitants – both the indigenous peoples and the Russian settlers – had to develop unique culinary approaches in order to utilize the region’s scanty foods, adapt to the cold temperatures and avoid vitamin deficiencies.
The Scottish Restaurant Awards, now in its fifth year, acknowledges “the outstanding creativity, customer service and top quality dining that is on offer throughout Scotland”. Unlike in previous years, when the winners were more geographically spread, this year Edinburgh clearly emerged as the culinary capital of Scotland, winning eight of the 14 prizes on offer.
While most people around the world eat whatever is available and allowed by custom, for many residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, the answer to “What’s for dinner?” has as much to do with health, the environment, social justice, and social distinction as it does with the food per se. San Francisco and environs have become the fountainhead of …
Georgia has a rich and woefully underappreciated culture. Its history stretches back for millennia, and its literary traditions are deep. Georgia has its own epic literature, with The Knight in the Tiger’s Skin serving as the national classic. The poet, Shota Rustaveli, was prince and treasurer at the twelfth-century court of Queen Tamar of Georgia, under whose rule Georgia reached …
The national cuisines of the South Caucasus as a melting pot of Mediterranean, Persian and Central Asian influences
[Many thanks to Lusine Sargsyan for sharing Armenian recipes and for a cooking demonstration!]
As was pointed out by Martin Lewis in an earlier post, Caucasus is “a key place, one that historically linked the Black Sea and Caspian Sea basins, and, more broadly, the greater Mediterranean world with the Central Asian realm of the Silk Roads”. The complex mosaic …