There are many aspects that encompass the identity of a culture, from art, music, literature, architecture to language and traditions. History- Is the fascinating common thread that holds it all together. As generations come and go and memories fade, people and events may lose their important place in time. The preservation of a cultures cuisine aids in clarifying the past while setting the stage for the future. Recognition and preservation of foods also assures a “diverse sense of place” which strengthens our bond with different cultures. Additionally, cultural awareness can spread and be maintained not only through good food but also through social engineering.
We live in an age where processed foods have become American staples in both production and consumption; an age where hybrid cuisines have evolved into our mainstream. However, there is comfort to be derived knowing that chefs, cooks, butchers, farmers, enologists, hop brewers and historians have been practicing, documenting and preserving historic recipes, cuisines, customs and techniques for thousands of years.
Americans identify cultures through food more than any other way. There are many foods produced that claim to be of a certain cuisine, however, often lack integrity. Understanding the historic context of good food, the role it plays(ed) in different cultures and the customs and techniques used to create it, makes food much more meaningful while consuming it. Good Food Preservation will be eating, documenting and advocating the celebration of cultures through its food. This will ensure cultural understanding, tolerance and food heritage for future generations.