Word of the Week #158:

Epicurean

Can food change the world?

Well, food can change a life. And if you change enough lives, you change the world, right?

Actually, if you think about it, it has already happened.

Back in the 15th century, the Ottomans captured Constantinople and raised the taxes on spices. This was the reason why the Portuguese rulers, and eventually others, began searching for alternate routes to India, and ended up discovering North and South America, Australia and several other islands.

So it can be said that the entire identity of the modern world is based on Europe’s pursuit of better food.

And ingredients like tomatoes, which now form the backbone of Italian and Spanish cuisines, did not originate in Europe. They were brought to Europe by the early South American settlers.

And today, can we even imagine pizza without tomato?

The food recreates the world, and the world recreates the food… It is a beautiful circle…

You know what else is a beautiful circle?

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