Annexe A : What is food heritage | Important periods

WHAT IS A FOOD HERITAGE?

The stories our dishes tell. The foods we eat and our practices help define our identity. They nourish our sense of belonging to a group and a territory. 

The food on our plate tells a story from:

  • The foods we choose (Corn or guava? Cranberry or pineapple?)
  • The dishes (Tourtière or shrimp roll? Sushi or lasagna?)
  • The objects used to serve the dishes (Paper plates or fine china?)
  • The recipes (Carrots or no carrots in pâté chinois?)
  • Cooking and preservation techniques (Frozen or canned?)
  • And, ultimately, the ways people share meals: daily meals, festive meals with family members or friends and meals that mark religious and ethnic events (Meal eaten in silence, in front of the television or amidst loud conversation?)

Generally speaking, a food heritage merges our culinary traditions and the ways in which we transform these traditions today. The choices we make will influence what future generations choose to put on their plates!


IMPORTANT PERIODS IN QUÉBEC’S FOOD HISTORY

  • 1608-1685 : Aboriginal influences
  • 1685-1785 : French influences
  • 1785-1860 : British influences
  • 1860-1960 : Industrial and American influences
  • 1960-... : Internationale influences and Local and terroir influences

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