Leitch Slow Food Italy, Sam Heckle

The slow food article brings up a lot of cultural significance that food has in an area.  The main thing I want to focus on is the lardo and its importance the town of colonnata.  I like the topic of food identity brought up in the article and the importance of food being a source of cultural identity.  They use the comparison of lardo to marble workers as a metaphor but its seems to have an importance because it can signify the relationship marble workers had with the food which became source of identity for them.  The lardo would keep the marble workers well fed in a healthy way because of the curing process.  Its also interesting to think that cured meats were illegal in the US for a very long time and you see some of that happened in the EU because of how hard it is to make sure the products are safe.  These kind of regulations can put a damping effect on the identity of a cultural area which lardo definitely felt the effects of.  Another important thing about the food identity was the lardo festival which made me think about my home in Cincinnati which every year we have a goetta festival in the summer.  Goetta is a very unique Cincinnati dish which most people who aren’t from Cincinnnati haven’t even heard of it.  This makes me realize we have a sense of our own food identity with this dish and a variety of other German dishes.  Goetta is a meat and grain sausage, this dish shows our German heritage which shaped our city into what it is today.  Its nice to see this food identity happening still in my city and shows me a strong comparison to what was discussed in the article.  I want to ask the other students if where their from do you have any unique foods that you can’t or have a hard time finding anywhere else?

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s