Italian Cuisine UNESCO Nomination is About Preserving Food Heritage, Not “Freezing” It

Thu, 03/30/2023 - 14:25
Woman making traditional orecchiette pasta in Bari, Puglia
A woman makes traditional orecchiette pasta in Bari, Puglia / Photo: Dan Rentea via Shutterstock

I think it’s safe to say no cuisine kindles such universal love quite like Italian food. 

When the Italian Ministries of Agriculture and Culture nominated “Italian cuisine and its sustainability and biocultural diversity” for the Representative List of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage last week, it garnered favor across the web and the world, as celebrity chefs, gastronomic gurus and run-of-the-mill pasta-lovers alike shared their delight.

The nomination has be

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