Cooking is beautiful and fun. It's satisfying, fulfilling, and entertaining. It's social time, or private, or reflective. It can be quick or slow. For any event or no event.
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I love cooking and I do it virtually every day. I am no master chef, but I learn little things all the time and I try to keep learning from anywhere.
The main source of my learning comes from my mother, who has been cooking for her entire life, she is exceptionally good, she follows traditional recipes but she is extremely creative as well. I think she has the perfect mix because she made hers the recipes from her grandparents, so now she has the experience, and the wits, of tweaking them as she finds appropriate, in an elegant and interesting way.
Therefore, cooking is culture. That's why it's called, at its finest, culinary art.
It hold people's history in every exception possible, from politics, to the arts, to local event, to world events. It is defined by the natural landscape as well as human technology.
One way to explore this beautiful and, literally, filling world is to focus on the culinary aspect when I travel.
To start with, I try to go to local markets and talk to people there, ask straight-from-the-source producers any questions.
The second, easy step is to eat at the most original places where there is only myself and the locals.
The last step, more challenging but, also for that reason, more interesting, is to cook myself.
Especially in recent years, I haven't traveled to places that were too far away from culinary tradition from what I know, so I haven't really been challenged yet. But next month I am going to Marrakesh, Morocco. Then, in the following months, Malta and Jerusalem. Possibly Scotland or Ireland, too.
I am excited to add one more layer of cultural depth to my traveling!