Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia by Ken Albala

By Ken Albala

From babka to baklava to the groundnut stew of Ghana, foodstuff tradition can let us know the place we've been—and even perhaps the place we're going. choked with succinct, but hugely informative entries, the four-volume nutrients Cultures of the realm Encyclopedia covers the entire planet's geographical regions, in addition to numerous tribes and marginalized peoples. hence, as well as insurance on nations as disparate as France, Ethiopia, and Tibet, there also are entries on Roma Gypsies, the Maori of recent Zealand, and the Saami of northern Europe. there's even a piece on nutrition in outer house, detailing how and what astronauts devour and the way they organize for house commute so far as vitamin and nutrients are concerned.

Each access bargains information regarding foodstuffs, nutrients, cooking equipment, recipes, consuming out, vacations and celebrations, and overall healthiness and vitamin. Vignettes aid readers larger comprehend different cultures, whereas the inclusion of chosen recipes allows them to recreate dishes from different lands.

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Chinese tea prepared over several hours on small charcoal stoves, with large quantities of sugar, is very popular with men, many of whom belong to a regular tea group that meets on a daily or weekly basis. Cooking Food preparation in Burkina Faso is rather laborintensive, in both rural and urban areas, although in towns and cities, the task is made easier by the fact that most compounds have access to water through a water tap or a nearby public well. While women in the countryside often have to walk far into the bush to fetch firewood for cooking food and heating water, in urban environments this can be bought from ambulant sellers.

The United Nations Development Program’s 2006 Human Development Report ranked Burkina Faso 174th out of 177 countries. Over 45 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. This means that meat and fish, both expensive foodstuffs, are not consumed regularly. The first meal of the day is breakfast. , those adults in the family who have a job will have coffee or tea and bread; those who are less fortunate will either have leftovers from their previous meal, that is, dinner, or buy some millet gruel from a neighbor, or occasionally even go hungry.

No feast would be complete without drinks. Among the Christian and animist populations the festive drink of choice is beer, traditionally made of millet or sorghum, and in the southwest of the country also palm wine. In towns bottled beer is the drink of choice for adults and soda for children, although among the Bobo ethnic group, children are given millet beer at an early age. Muslims drink soft drinks, both homemade juices from the hibiscus flower, ginger, or lemons and bottled sodas. Some less pious Muslim men drink alcohol but never inside their home.

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