This section of WebFoodCulture highlights the close relationship between the most typical food and wine specialties and the world of culture. A world including disciplines such as historiography, science and literature, only apparently distant from the ‘eating experience’, whose influence on the evolution of food is instead of fundamental importance. The following articles, thanks to fascinating stories, useful information and interesting facts, prove how strong this bond really is.
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The most traditional food and wine specialties and their close relationship with culture.
Probably not everyone knows that Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian scientist and artist, was very interested in the world of wine. Let’s explore this topic with the precious help of Luca Maroni, esteemed oenologist and a great expert on the Tuscan genius.
Italy – Section: Food culture
Since ancient times, rich and powerful people organize magnificent banquets to impress their guests and to gain their respect. Francois Vatel, cook and master of ceremonies, was one of the most skilled creators of this type of events in the Seventeenth Century. (Read more)
France – Section: Food culture
Talking about the food of the Native North Americans, also known as American Indians, is not easy. Many think that they are just one people, sharing the same customs: nothing further from the truth. So, let’s find out how and what the communities belonging to the ‘Indian nations’ eat in the various regions of the continent. (Read more)
United States – Section: Food culture
“An army marches on its stomach”: these words have been attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. The French General (then Emperor) believed that feeding troops is as important as training and arming them. His thought proved right especially during World War I, when food played a crucial role. Let’s find out why! (Read more)
Europe – Section: Food culture
Thinking about a group of people eating in orbit around our planet may seem a bit strange, even in the 21st Century. They have their meals aboard the I.S.S. , the International Space Station. Quoting a famous sci-fi television serie, this incredible place is the ‘final frontier’ for food. (Read more)
The Venetian ‘Bacari’.
Strolling through the ‘calli’, the narrow alleys of Venice, it’s quite easy to come across a ‘bacaro’: a small tavern, very noisy and lively, where it’s possible to spend some time enjoying the company of the nice and colorful local people. In a traditional bacaro are usually served wine and very tasteful appetizers: the ‘cicchetti’.
ONLY THE MOST TYPICAL AND TRADITIONAL FOOD & WINE
Fire and chili pepper.
The pungency of chili peppers is often measured using the ‘Scoville scale’ (SHU), invented in 1912 by the American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville.
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