Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Identity II

Food is one of the greatest defining characteristics of a culture. Almost anyone knows what kind of food you mean if you say Mediterranean, Chinese, Thai, Italian, or Mexican. Sadly, most of Europe and North America don't have particularly well known forms of cuisine. Don't get me wrong, I know there are some fabulous dishes from any one of those countries. But, one can rarely relate to exactly what kind of food you mean by asking for something French or German.

I've become a big fan of Alice the Cook. She is "a cook who recreates recipes that have been used since the 1400s." Her work is fantastic and I often use her recipes when making a festival meal. I've also managed to get my hands on a useful translation of Apicius' cookbook and really enjoy the ancient Roman fare.

This has made me long for a style of cooking that defines my pagan culture. But, since I'm a syncretic pagan anyway, I suppose my cultural cuisine would be fairly syncretic as well.