Integration Between Peasant And Elite Populations

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Over the years, the ever-evolving gastronomic identity that resulted from the fluid integration between peasant and elite populations helped shape an equally evolving Italian cultural identity. This glutinous parallel can be seen in the unique identities in the various regions ranging from the South to the North of Italy. Although many national stereotypes exist today from the “macaroni-eaters,” to the red sauce that accompanies pasta, these can be explained by the exchange and the influence that globalization has on culture. Acting as a basis to Italian identity are the practices passed down through generations orally, the knowledge that is indispensable to their heritage in which each recipe holds a variant to another. This confrontation among culinary regimes shaped the modern Italian alimentary model that is seen today (Montanari, 2013). Preparing, cooking, and eating food play a central role in the daily activities of Italians from all walks of life. Many visits to the local shops became much like a full time job, which parallels with an Italian lifestyle. With their lives revolving around food due to the large number of specialty shops that open twice daily in many Italian cities, patrons are able to keep a high standard when it comes to their products (Braimbridge, Glynn, & Jones, 2005). Through the act of sourcing ingredients locally at shops such as the Root Cellar, and the Market on Yates, this reflected the slow food movement. Fundamentally, the slow food

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