Do you feel cultural (or perhaps cultured?) when you sit down to a beautifully set table to enjoy a gastronomic meal? You should. Even though it is the French gastronomic meal that has been recognized by UNESCO as a cultural heritage I think all good meals deserve the honour, be they in France or elsewhere.
Since 2010 “The French gastronomical meal” is included on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This meal, says UNESCO in its motivation, strengthen family ties and friendships. It promotes social interaction and is therefore important to pass on to new generations. During a French gastronomic meal the people around the table enjoy the art of drinking and eating well. There is a festive atmosphere which creates harmony between people and the products of nature.
“The French gastronomic meal” should follow a certain order:
It starts with an aperitif and ends with a digestif (cognac, calvados, liqueur etc). In between, at least 4 dishes should be served:
- a starter,
- a fish or meat dish with vegetables, then
- cheese and
UNESCO also mention the importance of matching food with the right wine and of buying good ingredients, preferably local ones.
I am sure it annoys somebody that something that actually encourages you to drink wine and spirits shall be considered as a cultural heritage. But we agree with UNESCO.
A long, good meal is on of the most civilized things in the world.
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