At a time when European Unity and the richness of its diversity are put in question, we want to focus on a region of Europe that is less know and often subject to stigmatization : the Eastern Europe, from Eastern Germany to Romania. What better way to discover a culture and people than use an element common to all and anessential part of the daily life : home cooking.
Stereotypes exist on the cooking of each country, but realities are always more complex and made of a diversity of individual, familial and regional stories. Identities related to food are strong. People exiled in foreign countries often keep on cooking meals from their childhood and spend time seeking specific food staple not easily available where they live. It is a complex and rich relation that people have with their country’scuisine and this is this relation that we will study and discover through our encounters.
In our project, we want to discover new recipes but not only. We will attach importance to the ceremonial surrounding it : during the preparation of the meal, while eating and after. “Man reveals himself in what he eats, but also in the way he eats it” (“Dans ce qu’il consomme, l’homme se révèle, mais aussi dans la façon dont il consomme”1).
Our journey will be done on a bike, from Berlin to Constanta, through Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
We invite you to the table of our European neighbors!
1Perlès Catherine. Les origines de la cuisine. In : Communications, 31, 1979. La nourriture. Pour une anthropologie bioculturelle de l’alimentation. p.4