It’s not what you eat but how you eat it that matters

No worries! No dietary rules or restrictions will be given here. You can continue to eat whatever you like, but do you have dining etiquette rules? It is widely believed that food is closely linked to culture and contributes to the elaboration and construction of one’s identity.

Let’s think about this for three minutes (post shouldn’t be longer than that 🙏, promise)…

Our food choices are therefore said to be part of a complex identity process that satisfies more than basic nutritional needs for survival. It does not necessarily depend exclusively on the accessibility of said foods or one’s environment. On the contrary it is said to be determined by fundamentally social, cultural, and psychological decisions. 

Humm… I guess the key word would be complex. Because I do agree with you, deciding to eat pizza 🍕 does not make me Italian no more than not liking burritos will make someone less Mexican. 

Although a typical dish may be an intricate part of culture, nationality or even religion, it couldn’t suffice all on its own to determine someone’s culture, can it? Especially in the cosmopolitan societies we live in today. But I do agree that food contributes to shaping a cultural identity. Instead of looking at what we eat, I think it’s more about how we eat that gives greater insights into our cultural heritage. 

Cultural Eating Habits

My husband always has to finish up his plate by wiping it clean with bread. Yep! He’s French alright! They just cannot conceive a proper meal without bread, I will never quite understand it! Let’s take a look at some eating habits in different cultures

I am a partisan of “when in Rome you do as Romans do”… But the next time that you eat in a restaurant or you travel, have a look around you 👀 and see if you can detect some of these habits.

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