Food Traditions and Impact


Food traditions generally enable individuals to connect with their heritage or ethnic background. Food is frequently utilized by people to maintain their ethnic heritage. Individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds consume various meals.

Food preferences are influenced by where families live and also where their relatives come from. These dietary tastes influence food consumption patterns within a cultural or geographical group.

Have you ever wondered what your daily meal might say regarding your descendants? Have you ever thought about why individuals from different regions of the world consume different foods? Do you ever wonder why particular meals or traditional dishes are so significant in your heritage? There is a stronger link connecting culture and food than you would believe.

Individually, people grow up consuming the cuisine of their respective nationalities. It gets ingrained in each of us. Many of us identify childhood meals with pleasant sentiments and amazing memories, and it connects us to our families, carrying a unique and personal importance for us.

Matteo Gossling a 11th-grade North Hollywood student from Spain said “ Food from Spain is a mixture of European and other cultures

The cuisine of the United States reflects its history. The European colonization of the Americas yielded the introduction of European ingredients and cooking styles to the U.S. Later in the 20th century, the influx of immigrants from many foreign nations developed a rich diversity in food preparation throughout the country.

  Many immigrants create their businesses where they serve traditional cuisine. The cuisine, on the other hand, does not remain precisely the same. Some elements required to cook traditional cuisine, for example, may not be easily available, thus the flavor and aroma may differ from the flavor and aroma of dishes prepared in their native nations.

Eduardo Mendoza, a North Hollywood High School student from Mexico said “ My brother owns a small restaurant here in North Hollywood where he serves delicious food.”

 Furthermore, when immigrants sell food in another nation, they sell it not just to individuals of the same nation as them, but also to people from different backgrounds. As a result, they must modify the original meals to appeal to a larger spectrum of clients.

Tico Jimenez, a North Hollywood High School student from Costa Rica said “ The Costa Rican Food in the United States Is so much more different than the food in Costa Rica.” He also stated, “ The Costa Rican food here just has a different taste to it but it’s good.”

Faith and food are closely linked, adding meaning and purpose to our lives. Some culinary habits and beliefs are religious in nature.

 Muslims throughout the world fast during Ramadan, which is considered to be the month in which God revealed the Quran, the Islamic sacred book, to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims fast throughout the day throughout the month, consuming food and beverages before sunrise and after sundown.

Hamza Watto, a North Hollywood 11th-grade Muslim student from Pakistan said “ Pakistani food is good but is so spicy.” he also states “ we eat rice, roti, lentils, and Biryani almost every day but we always cook something special during Ramadan because we fasted for so long.”

Orthodox Jews’ dietary requirements known as kosher diets are part of their Jewish Torah. The dietary regulations, which govern the usage and consumption of meat and dairy products, are strictly adhered to for the sake of spirituality.

Hillel Mcdonald a Jewish 11th grader that attends North Hollywood High School  said: “ We are not allowed to consume certain animals like pigs and we also restrict dairy products too.” 

 Many Buddhists, Hindus, and Jainists are vegetarians, owing to the concept of non-injury or nonviolence.

You certainly celebrate your ancestry through cuisine, but we ought to also learn more about various cultures by eating their cuisines. It’s essential to remember that each meal has a unique position in the tradition to which it relates, as well as a unique place in the hearts of the people who cook it. Food is a cultural doorway, and it ought to be regarded as such.