That said, I wonder if we as a society are ready to constantly question ourselves and organize our knowledge about food and cooking to help us make better decisions about the foods we eat. Let’s be honest: success in business, at least in the food and restaurant industries, is not about organizing your food knowledge, but rather about creating effective marketing buzz. It often keeps us from really asking ourselves what it means to eat, especially in these precarious times.
A report published last year by the World Health Organization, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World,” left me speechless. According to the report, around 12% of the world’s population suffered from severe food insecurity in 2020, and almost one in three people in the world did not have access to adequate food.
We face enormous challenges, and it is clear that the tremendous advances of humanity have not been sufficient to correct the deficiencies of our current food systems.
It is believed that during the Paleolithic period, around 2.6 million years ago, the first hominins, possibly guided by intuition and self-preservation, widely used cutting tools. These tools made it easier for them to butcher and eat meat and, along with the use of fire, helped pave the way for the development of cooking. Since then, the evolution of humanity has gone hand in hand with that of cooking.
My deep roots in the kitchen make me want to understand how historical developments have led us to our current way of preparing food and subsequently how we can pave a wider path to healthy eating. It begins with the resolve to defeat hunger and malnutrition once and for all.
Beyond its obvious definition encompassing good health, the term ‘wholesome’ – or ‘saludable’ in Spanish – also means ‘good for a purpose, especially good for the soul’, according to an entry in the Academy’s dictionary. Spanish royal. It’s a somewhat ethereal definition, but I think it’s quite telling of the transcendental benefit of being healthy. The concept of good health is inextricably linked to the concept of eating well.