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ven if all the topics covered in this section of Webfoodculture are related to food, none of them refers to a specific recipe or speciality. Stories, information and fun facts about a world much bigger than generally thought, including disciplines only apparently far from the ‘experience of eating’, like, for example, science, literature and historiography.

IN THIS SECTION:

Stories, information and fun facts about the world of food.




Food of the Native North Americans (img-09, img-01) Food of the Native North Americans (img-09, img-01)

Food of the Native North Americans.

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o speak about the food eaten by Native North Americans is not an easy task. The prevailing view about them is that of a single people, divided in tribes, but with basically the same customs. For example, they are all depicted as great eaters of bison meat: nothing further from the truth. (First part, second part, third part)

: United States




Space food: eating aboard the I.S.S. (img-02, img-03) Space food: eating aboard the I.S.S. (img-02, img-03)

Space food: eating aboard the I.S.S.

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hinking 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. (continue)

: United States




Banquets by Vatel: magnificence and power (img-04, img-05) Banquets by Vatel: magnificence and power (img-04, img-05)

Banquets by Vatel: magnificence and power.

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ince 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. (continue)

: France




Eight cooking schools in China (img-06) Eight cooking schools in China (img-06)

Eight cooking schools in China.

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hina: a huge country, a very ancient civilization. These two elements have played a fundamental role in the development of the local culinary tradition … or should we say ‘traditions’? Even if in the West a lot of people think about Chinese cuisine as a whole, there are actually at least eight great cooking schools!
(coming soon)

: China




The Great War: food in the trenches (img-10, img-07) The Great War: food in the trenches (img-10, img-07)

The Great War: food in the trenches.

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est la soupe qui fait le soldat” (“soup makes soldiers strong”): these words are attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. The French general believed that, during a conflict, feeding troops is as important as training and arming them. His thought proved right especially during the First World War, when food played a critical role in the balance of power between the two warring sides. (First part, second part)

Hippocrates about food (img-08)

‘Bacari’ in Venice

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trolling through the ‘calli’, the narrow alleys of Venice, it’s quite easy to come across a ‘bacaro’: it’s a small tavern, very noisy and lively, where it’s possible to spend some time enjoying the nice and colorful local people. In a typical bacaro are usually served wine, beer and cocktails, accompanied by very tasteful appetizers: the ‘cicchetti’.

Fire in the chili pepper

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he pungency of chili peppers is often measured using the ‘Scoville scale’, invented in 1912 by the American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. The more or less intense heat sensation felt eating these fruits is not real, but is due to the interaction between a substance, the capsaicin, and some receptors inside the mouth.
The ‘Carolina Reaper’ is the hottest chili pepper in 2017.




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img-10 – WWI, Italian tin cans;

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img-01 (*) – Hunting Buffalo di A.J. Miller (1810–1874) (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-02 (**) – I.S.S. and space shuttle Endeavour, image by NASA (Wikipedia Link) {PD-USGov-NASA}
img-03 (**) – Bags of I.S.S. food and utensils on tray, image by NASA (Wikipedia Link) {PD-USGov-NASA}
img-04 (**) – Chateau de Chantilly, image by Craig Patik (Wikipedia Link)
img-05 (*) Banquet Still Life, Adriaen van Utrecht, 1644 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-06 (*) Portrait of Kublai Khan, 1294 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
img-07 (*) British Mark I “male” tank, 1916 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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