Everyone says numbers is the universal language. Recognized by the majority of the world and utilized by every culture. However, I believe there to be another ideal that brings everyone together: food. As technology has evolved, the knowledge of culinary endeavors seems to be limitless. With an access of a blog, vlog or app on the smartphone. We embark on a gastronomic journey taking us from well-known dishes that we have grown to love, to the outreaches of the culinary world that create experiences that make us curious, salivate or even cringe.
Watching cooking shows religiously I find myself watching shows featuring all types of culinary genres. Andrew Zimmern and his weird but very cultural/ethnical eats, to Anthony Bourdain exploring the fine dining and delicacies globally, to the flamboyant, bleached hair, muscle car loving Guy Fieri who explored the local eats of Americana. These shows are examples of how with a click of the remote control, we are illustrated the cultural of each location these culinary hosts explore. From eating bugs in South East Asia, fine aged wine and whisky in Europe to eclectic gastro-pubs and diners in the United States. These individuals all share an experiences and the love of food whatever location they are at.
Most notably, global locations where English is not the primary language, is where we experience the ideal that food can also be a universal language. We see an extensive amount of ingredients displayed, as the local host continues to cook, as we receive commentary from the T.V show host. Some ingredients are well known, some unfamiliar. However, as the curious T.V host tries the ingredients, a simple reaction: a smile or flinch, receives laughter from the local host full-knowing that the ingredient by itself was very pungent, while added together with the complete dish elevates the taste.
These recipes are not only known to the ones cooking, but imagine how many generations of cooks pass down and tinker the recipe until perfection. This illustrates the synergy of a family and the close bonds of food tying generations together. Even something as simple as instant noodles took years for the Nissin group to perfect.
So the next time we are cooking, whether it is instant noodles or a 5 course meal. Think about the generations of families and the recipes passed on, as well as the amount of bonding done over these meals. Something as simple as a smile brings joys to the ones cooking showing the appreciation of the love they put forth in the form of food.