Machika can mean a lot of things but, at the end of the day, it means to bring families closer together. It means growing closer and building irreplaceable memories. You might think the living room is the heart of your home, but watching T.V does not bring a family together quite as well as food. Across every nation and culture, food always plays an important part in sharing experiences, tradition, and bringing people together. After all, think about some of the most common ways people get together. Whether it is a company barbeque, business meeting, birthday, wedding, etc., food is always involved. The Hearts of every home should not be the living room, be the kitchen, and by extension the dining room.
History of the Kitchen and Tradition
The tradition of cooking and developing recipes is older than any historical text. It is one of those things that has existed for as long as modern history has. Some of the oldest known recipes date back to 1730 BC and were found written in cuneiform, one of the oldest forms of text we have evidence of. Just like recipes of today, ancient civilizations detailed ways to prepare food. Since the earliest human civilizations, recipes have consistently popped up. When you consider just how important cooking and food was in the past, you see why.
For many people, even those living today, ordering food or simply eating out is just not an option. Food had to be prepared by someone in the village or family and the food itself had to be grown, tended to, and harvested. This means that not only were food options limited, but the availability of food was limited. This led to a focus on food not only as a necessity but as an art, since it required the building of traditions to normalize. Depending on the area, culture, and types of food grown, different recipes developed into tradition, just like paella in Spain or sushi in Japan.
Culture and Tradition
With that in mind, we at Machika have created a short docuseries exploring how food and kitchen traditions play in essential parts in the lives of people across the world. With our docuseries, we follow three women who are keeping their traditions and recipes alive. Not only are recipes important for a culture, but they are also important for individuals. Without them, you lose a part of what makes you and your family unique. Even between different families of the culture, recipes and traditional foods can differ! After all, there are no rules that you must follow when it comes to developing your own traditions and recipes! The only thing you need to do to make a tradition yours is to pass it down to the next generation, to share it with your family and friends!
Traditions Reflect Growth and Change
Traditions also do not need to be stagnant. Don’t be afraid of changing traditions or building new traditions today. The foods we eat can change with time while still taking with it that original sense of unity that tradition brings. Rather than forcing old traditions that you or your family do not enjoy, try customizing your traditions to reflect values you want to instill in your children and life. Keeping traditions alive is important, even if they need to be updated from generation to generation.
Check Out Our Docuseries: Kitchen Traditions, Today
Learning the importance of kitchen traditions is great and necessary for any family! Our docuseries will follow three women for whom cooking and kitchen traditions are invaluable. Click the video below to watch the first episode of our Kitchen Traditions docuseries. In our first episode, we follow Rosita and her tradition for creating picadillo. Share the video with your friends and family to spread the message of the importance of cooking and the kitchen! And remember, at Machika, #everyoneisinvited.