The economics, politics, and religion behind the flavors you eat

A recent study took the world by storm that explained why Indian food was so delicious. The answer? Unlike Western food, which focuses on like flavors and creating harmony, Indian fare creates flavor by creating layers of flavors that don’t compliment each other.  The result? Complexity in flavor and quality.

European food, until the middle ages, was also flavorful. Then everything changed when spice prices went down. Instantly, the elite redefined what decadent eating meant to ensure that their palettes were unreachable by the poor, medieval middle classes. As always, it comes down to class and differing philosophies.

Click to read at: NPR


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