Traditional Mexican Cuisine - an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
It's a mouthful for sure, but that is the designation that UNESCO has awarded to Mexico this week. You can ready about it here - http://portal3.sre.gob.mx/english/ind...
The link is in English and the information about why the cuisine was awarded this designation is about a third of the way down the article. In a nutshell tho', it's because the cuisine is an expression of Mexican culture that is special because of it's age-old roots, continuity over time and the originality of its products, techniques and procedures. And the fact that as a cuisine it has never been divorced (their term, not mine) from it's cultural context and still plays a role in the life and cultural point of view with communities and individuals today as it did thousands of years ago.
I'm thrilled to read this news. This award could not have gone to a more deserving country. It has long been my belief that Mexico will be better understood and appreciated by learning more of its wonderful cuisine. Viva Mexico!
p.s. The purpose of my blog is to further an understanding of Mexico through its rich heritage of food and New World ingredients.
And from UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00011&RL=00400.
We here in Mexico--and especially those of us in Michoacán--are so thrilled about this news that we are ready to pop our buttons.
Watch Mexico Cooks! on Saturday at 10AM for more information and photos about the award. And by all means--come to eat! I'd be happy to take you around.