"Don't make a cult out of food!" - said Ostap Bender
It seems to me that the cuisine, especially the national one, is not in vain related to the culture of the country and characterizes the country. Gluttony and mindless overeating are one thing, but talking about food is culture and art. What is there, food, wine - these are sacred topics! You can talk about this at least as long as possible!
In my opinion, Italians just love to chat! And the topic of food is absolutely inexhaustible.
And what else to chat about besides food and weather, which would affect absolutely everyone? In Italy, we often get drunk about how seriously and for a long time Italians can discuss FOOD. They will stand in a circle and let’s rattle about what a delightful oxtail they have learned in the new trattoria: “Mario, you have to go there! But the terramissa was not very good. It's all because they put the wrong biscuit. I make it tastier at home. Wait, I'll tell you how it should be. Take the eggs ... "
It's okay that Mario is a man. In Italy, discussing culinary matters with men is more than normal. They will actually come home later and cook.
Italians are picky about their food. These are by no means fashionable diets and rejection of everything in the world. This is exactly a different approach to food. They are interested in: what is this dish made of, where this artichoke grew and where this goat ran. There is, of course, the cooking process. How exactly to cook artichokes, what to squeeze the maximum taste out of them?
Every Italian has his own favorite restaurant. Each region has its own types of pasta and sauces. Therefore, in Italy it is not enough to see what you have on your plate. People come to a restaurant, choose a dish and have a long discussion with the waiter about the origin of the products, the method of preparation and history.
I like such conversations, moreover, I appreciate the Italians for such an approach to gastronomic pleasures.
Are there gourmets among you?