Food Is The For Human Life Essay

1519 Words Nov 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Food is central to human life; to think of food is to think of sustenance. It maintains individuals as a live being, for without it our body would no longer to perform the processes necessary for survival. The word ‘food’ itself conjures platonic images due to the fact that it is essential. The term cuisine, however, provides a much more intimate stance on food. When one thinks of food as it relates to cuisine, the train of thought naturally digresses to the food associated with countries, and that is where understanding ends. For example, when one thinks of India, the obvious association would be curries; however, many different regions of India are very specific in their composition of a curry, as well as other regional dishes. Travelling from one part of India to another makes for wildly different curry bases and associated spices. Furthermore, the word ‘curry’ is not the Indian nomenclature for the dish, but an Anglicized term (Gibney, 2016). The same logic is applied to Chinese cuisine, but is two-fold. To the average Westerner, Chinese cuisine attributed to the whole of China is typically the North American fast-food version, dishes such as General Tso’s and Kung-Pow Chicken. This is in addition to the aforementioned neglect of the existence of regional disparities already applied to a country’s cuisine on the whole. Chinese cooking is comprised of twenty general cuisines with eight core cuisines that are the most representative of China. These eight major cuisines…

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