Topics: Nutrition, Culture, Eating Pages: 3 (907 words) Published: March 16, 2013
Excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities.
An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning. •The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture Even though according to Wikipedia culture is defined as such, to me food is one of the main definitions for culture. Thus, in this paper my topic is “Do you think food defines culture? If so, how? What are the aspects?”

The Meaning of Food is an exploration of culture through food. What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning. Being Indian food is a prominent part of our culture. The varied spice involved in one dish very well defines my culture. Indians prefer their food spicy and most of the spices are very greatly flavored, colored and sometimes extremely spicy. For example, when someone talks about Indian food, you know they are because it’s mostly curry and it’s spicy. Since, India’s main religion is Hinduism, they mostly eat vegetarian. Therefore the vegetarian food available in India for me is one of the best. The non-vegetarian is equally good, because Indian beef/meat is one of the most tender meats there is.

Likewise, different foods define other cultures. When someone says they want Mexican, you know they want a quesadilla, or a burrito or nachos. When someone says they want Chinese, you its noodles or fried rice or a fortune cookie. Thus, Japanese means sushi, Italian means pasta or a pizza, etc. Since living on campus, we get to eat food like this everyday; we forget to appreciate the origin of such foods. When we say American food, immediately we get the image of burgers, fries and coke. According to an article I found online, it says, “Humans are biologically adapted to their ancestral food environment...
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