What is traditional cuisine?


tylersculinary

Traditional cuisines are very open ended. What really is traditional cuisine? Most people think of traditional cuisine as essentially just being authentic to the country of origin and how they would make it. Is what they cook now though really what they would have been cooking 500 years ago? 100 years ago even?

Take Spain for instance. Spanish influenced food is among my favorite cuisines. I refuse to call it traditional though. Modernization and time have made the phrase traditional cuisine obsolete. Spain’s cuisine was far different before the Americas were ventured too and new ingredients and influence flowed over the sea to Spain. Imagine Spanish cuisine without tomatoes and chili peppers. It changed drastically after the Colombian Exchange.

Lets go back even farther. The spice trade. Imagine Spanish food without most of the flavor packing spices used in the process of making it and without new world produce.

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