Everyday I become more entranced with the beliefs and customs of one of, if not the, most developed culinary traditions on the planet. The more I learn about Chinese food and cooking styles the more I realize what my own family has lost since the late 1500’s to the point where we cook traditional foods and meals without any intimate knowledge of what the foods mean and how they are to be properly used. Out here I have been learning much because the people have been able to maintain many of their customs and beliefs resulting in their better understanding of the foods and uses. This is possibly the main reason I strive to understand other cultures so that I may be able to relearn what my own culture has lost over the years since 1607. We speak English with only a spattering of the language we have left. We eat American with no real understanding of our traditional ingredients and their proper uses for a healthy balanced live. I truly hope that as I gain a better understanding of traditional Chinese cuisine it will help me to decipher and understand my family’s own traditional culinary beliefs and applications.
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