From 19 to 28 November, on the occasion of the 6th Week of Italian Cuisine, the Consulate General of Italy in Frankfurt has made two videos available on the ‘ItalyinFFM’ YouTube channel.
Both focus on the theme of this year’s event: ‘Tradition and perspectives of Italian cuisine: awareness and enhancement of food sustainability’ and are set in Cilento in Southern Italy. In this region, they explore not only the beauty of the land, but above all the varieties of DOP products that are the result of a tradition of organic and seasonal agriculture, respectful and aware of their environment, whether marine, hilly or mountainous, and which are transformed and interpreted in a kitchen where tradition and new perspectives come together.
The focus of the first initiative is 100% ITALIA, a consortium of local agro-food companies. It showcases the extensive range of traditional products from the area and features a cook who reveals how to cook fresh homemade Cilento pasta, a traditional dish.
On the other hand, the second film, in the format of a lecture and interview with Doctor Gerardo Siano, highlights the major aspects of dietary appreciation and awareness and Italian foodstuffs, i.e. how to eat in a healthy, sustainable, varied way following the colour pyramid and the Mediterranean Diet.
It is impossible to think of Italian cuisine without associating it with the Mediterranean Diet. This is a fundamental part of our gastronomic heritage, which in November 2010 was entered by the Government Committee of the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Indeed the Mediterranean Diet is not just a list of foods or a nutritional chart, but a lifestyle that includes skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols and traditions concerning cultivation, harvesting, fishing, breeding, cooking, and above all the sharing and enjoyment of food.
More information on the website of the Consulate General of Italy in Frankfurt.