Culiacán, Sinaloa. The Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the General Directorate of Popular, Indigenous and Urban Cultures (DGCPIU) and its Directorate of Food Culture, and Google Arts & Culture announce their collaboration in “Flavors of Mexico”, A platform that brings together a series of videos and documentary photographs that account for the diversity and richness of ingredients and recipes of Mexican cuisine, as well as its community, festive, traditional and ritual ties.
On this platform, which is available on the eve of the commemoration of the 200 years of the Consummation of the Mexico’s independence, Mexican and world users will find visual and audiovisual material that shows the richness of Mexican biodiversity and its influence on the season; the work carried out by producers, traditional cooks and chefs in the creation, dissemination and safeguarding of Mexican gastronomy, coupled with stories that intertwine ritual, festive practices and traditions that bring together a community and families around the table.
The Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto Guerrero, has expressed that food culture is one of the most important issues for this administration, and that through various actions it has sought to know, recognize and recover some practices and traditions of indigenous, Afro-Mexican and popular cultures, linked to production, preparation and food consumption.
Food culture, like the 68 languages of Mexico with its 364 variants, is still alive as our greatest strength “, and has emphasized that” by preventing one more language from disappearing, one more traditional recipe, we will have a country with greater wealth and food sovereignty
The great variety in its content
“Flavors of Mexico” It will protect more than three thousand images and 200 stories created by 30 institutions, among which are, in addition to the Secretariat of Culture and the Secretariat of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, the Secretariats of Culture of the states of Jalisco and Oaxaca, the Museum del Chocolate (MU-CHO), the Franz Mayer Museum and the Cuauhtémoc City Hall of Mexico City. These contents can be seen both on the page https://artsandculture.google.com/project/mexican-food, as in the application for mobile devices, available for iOS and Android.
The gastronomic legacy of our country
On the part of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico, netizens will enjoy materials that are derived from actions promoted in the DGCPIU, in which the culinary vitality of the Mexican indigenous peoples is praised, as well as the persistent idiosyncrasy in the traditional and popular cuisines.
For example, the finalist videos in the Collective Category of the “Gastronomic Contest What does the country taste like?”, in which Mexican cooks and chefs were invited to share recipes made with ingredients that Mexico gave to the world, such as corn, cocoa, chili, tomato and avocado, among others of a local or endemic nature. These videos show the elaboration of traditional dishes such as the Xincoyote stuffed with escamoles and palm flower in a corn leaf, prepared in the municipality of Santiago de Anaya, Hidalgo; the Tlatonile de colorines, from Tixtla, Guerrero; the Mole de Calpan, from Puebla; the Lunch or mayordomia invitation, from Santa Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca; and the “Kaaxil sikil” (Chicken nugget), from Chichimilá, Yucatán.
In the same way, selected videos will be shown from the “Pica, pero sabe” video-recipe contest. And the Regional Units of the DGCPIU located in Morelos, Michoacán, Quintana Roo, Sonora, Nuevo León, Puebla, Durango, Querétaro, Chihuahua, the city of Tijuana, in Baja California, and the cities of Xalapa and Papantla join this initiative. , in Veracruz. Likewise, the State Units of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, as well as the Secretary of Culture of the state of Hidalgo, the National Coordination of Anthropology of the INAH and producers of Tlaxcala. Everyone will contribute to nurturing this platform with audiovisual and photographic material in which the faces of traditional cooks and cultural carriers, ingredients, dishes and community eating practices typical of their regions can be appreciated.
More to enjoy
In 2010, traditional Mexican cuisine was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), as a recognition of the culinary wealth of Mexico, whose knowledge comes from the heritage of indigenous peoples, the influences of the ingredients of European cultures, mainly the Spanish during the Colony, and the contributions of others such as the African, Arab and Chinese, among others, that have enhanced the food diversity of our country and that is distinguished in the world.
The alliance between Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico, through the DGCPIU, and Google Arts & Culture allows the gastronomic legacy of our country to be discovered and recognized on a global level, so that more and more people delve into the meaning, cultural value and importance of preserving and strengthening the food cultural heritage. It should be noted that, in this purpose of celebrating history, culture and heritage from its food, Mexico is preceded in this project promoted by Google Culture & Arts with its respective alliances, the countries of Japan, Nigeria, Spain and Russia.