Food Culture

The following resources focus on the wider role that food plays within a culture and society. These include how people relate to food in general, social customs surrounding food and sharing food, nutritional profiles of national diets, and relations to specific ingredients found in national foods. For much more on the histories and cultural meaning of specific national dishes, see the Recipes section in the main menu of this site.

Samsa Traditions in Bishkek

I have always admired the “one cook, one dish” tradition. To paraphrase food critic Anthony Bourdain, this is the tradition where one lone artisan, or family of artisans, makes the same wonderful dish year after year, generation after generation, and by doing so, forms a close identification with the dish that ensures it is always […]

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