♦♦♦♦ Below are 52 food links with some fine examples of food traveling.
All foods have moved around the world in remarkable ways. From Columbus and other early travelers who tucked seeds into their pockets to internet-ordered imported foods, foods travel from country to country.
Why do you think Greek yogurt is so popular at the moment? It’s because it is a popular middle-Eastern food. World War II GI’s made sure pizza was available in North America. Yes wars make very many, permanent changes in the world’s locations of food. Belgium, known for its excellent cuisine, credits much of it due to its frequently-conquered location in Europe. Every invader left behind favorite foods, and they thus became adapted.
Tourism fosters a lot of food travel. Visit a country, discover a very appealing dish and you soon want to be making this dish and serving it to your family and friends at home. The circle grows.
Marriage is another way foods travel as partners hanker for childhood favorites. After a time childhood foods become comfort foods, recipes also travel.
It’s rather comical that North Americans have had to be accustomed to Chinese food which was concocted for the country and nothing ever eaten in the home country. Now, after years of chow mein and chop suey we are learning some of China’s healthy, light dishes, kinda like noodles instead of Italy’s pasta.
A more contemporary way food travels these days is round-the-world, year ‘round shipments of produce, the availability of almost all fresh foods year ‘round. This is novel but not always good, as the home-grown folks attest. The shipment of rare spices and far-away condiments tends to be more lasting and exciting.
Food also travels when we pack it up and take it places. These days they get exciting with gourmet picnics, and hotels will pack UK-type basket hampers for such picnics. Much-maligned, soon to vanish, meals and snacks fly round the world, like it or not.
Probably the most exciting food travel is the fast-growing “here today, there tomorrow” food trucks preparing gourmet food for sophisticated fans. Back in the 1800s Providence’s famed Haven Brothers, only diner on wheels, established themselves. Even in the 40s their clientele was quite different. It tended to be regarded as a “bum’s eatery and grub for perpetual drunks.” No self-respecting local could be heard saying they ever ate there.
Fast forward 2011: Some pretty high-class chefs are attracted to curbsides these days turning out some very haute cuisine. Kitchen space keeps the menu fromoffering a wide selection, so this allows the chef to present something new every night. Best of all, no are menus necessary, thanks to social media and on-site blackboards. Using social media, they get to announce their specials of the evening their location for that particular evening. Want to have your three favorite dishes served to guests at your big birthday party. Arrange a food truck. This is gourmet, and it’s traveling.
Links to food and its travels:
ABSOLUTE RECIPES: Dishes from around the world
AIR LINE MEALS, your chance to be a food critic.
FOODISM is a cultural, culinary digest. This site is worth a visit!
AUSTIN LEHMAN CULINARY TOURS: Canada, Mexico, South American and Africa.
BRITANNIA RECIPES FROM ‘ROUND THE WORLD: Find wide range of countries
CALLEBAUT, its processing of chocolate.
CATACURIAN CULINARY VACATION in El Priorat, Spain.
EASY PICNIC FOOD, find your favorites
EPICURIAN INTERNATIONAL FOOD carries all the trendy ingredients we like to use.
FB WORLD, Food & Beverage International Recipe Library.
FOOD FORCE, FOOD GAME: World Food Day is Oct 16th.
PROBERT ENCYCLOPEDIA ON FOOD: Information about food and beverage.
WORLD WIDE RECIPES, a great source.
FOOD HISTORY NEWS MUSEUM DIRECTORY, over 1200 of them.
FOOD TIMELINE AMERICAN NEW YEAR TRADITIONS, symbolism of New Year’s Day foods
GASTROPODA is stories by Regina Schrambling,
MANY ETHNIC CUISINES: Just about every Asian cuisine and more.
MELISSA’S WORLD VARIETY PRODUCE beautiful pictures
OXFORD SYMPOSIUM is an educational charity designed to foster research in food history.
PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD a world of recipes.
RICE RECIPES OF THE WORLD FROM THE RICE GOURMET — almost every country has its rice.
FOOD & AGRICULTURES OF THE WORLD: “Banquet de l’Humanite”
ROAD FOODIE: Shares her regular travel journals and food stops.
PRACTICALLY EDIBLE, 10,000 detailed entries.
THE ALFAM ORGANIZATION: The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums.
THE WORLD OF SMARTIES: Lots of people have Smarties.
TOUR BRUNSWICK, Brunswick County, Virginia, home of Brunswick Stew.
UCMENUS (“You see” Menus) from the UK.
ETHNIC YUM-YUM Recipes to try. Tibetan to Mormon, Burmese o Creole.
WHAT AM I EATING? This is a dictionary of 55,000 food terms in 139 languages.
CULINARY ANTHROPOLOGIST, Aka, Matt and Anna’s food investigations.
MINDING MANNERS – INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL as you travel.
EXPLORERS’ BOUNTY, explores the planet for nature’s bounty.
SEED SAVERS, since 1975, rare garden seeds.
WORLD PANTRY, “Connecting lovers of great food to The people who make it.”
MINDING MANNERS, A QUIZ on interesting protocols.
FOODS BY COUNTRY, interesting food analyses.
WIKIBOOKS COOKBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS, like a whole cookbook library.
HISTORY COOKBOOK, recipes from all cultures.
SOCIOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF FOOD –the academic world of food.
WORLD FOOD from almost everywhere.
WILD PLANET is dedicated to the conservation of wild marine ecosystems .
FAMILY FOOD MEMORIES from Patrick Martins, Founder of Slow Food USA.
WORLD PANTRY for recipes for Appetizers, Side Dishes, Entrees.
BREAD TIMELINE. See bread’s fascinating history.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. He knew his food and traded seeds.
COOSEMAN’S PRODUCE, his guide.
WORLD RECIPES: There’s recipes from most every country in the world.
(Photo courtesy Grub Street, New York City)