Jesús Contreras; Antoni Riera; F.X. Medina
Tastes of the Mediterranean. Working together to promote a common gastronomic heritage
Title Sabores del Mediterráneo. Aportaciones para promover un patrimonio alimentario común.
Author Jesús Contreras; Antoni Riera; F.X. Medina
Publication place Spain
Publication year 2005
Publisher Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània (IEMed)
No. of pages 270
Throughout history the Mediterranean has been a crossroads for a wide range of people, languages, cultures and of course diets. This insightful book takes a look at the Mediterranean as a gastronomical meeting point which provides a common foundation and also gives rise to diversity. Contributing authors, scholars and intellectuals offer theories about the region`s shared food heritage from historical, present and hypothetical future points of view. From the Romans to the Greeks, medieval to modern times and the west to the east, this book studies the origins of European cuisine, culinary identity, how agriculture evolves and how changing lifestyles affect diets. Today, Mediterranean cooking is deemed modern yet traditional, imaginative, adaptable, and healthy, and on these premises it must be further promoted. And while it`s clear that the region`s cuisine varies from place to place, this book encourages readers not only to recognize its distinct unity, but also to celebrate it.