Ukrainian Institute and Їzhakultura to publish a book on culinary diplomacy of Ukraine
Publication dedicated to the culinary diplomacy of Ukraine
The Ukrainian Institute and Їzhakultura - research and educational project of Їzhak publishing house - will write a book on the culinary diplomacy of Ukraine.
Їzhakultura project specializes in the history of the gastronomy of Ukraine. The book will include the texts on the history of the national cuisine of Ukraine, regional culinary traditions as well as the recipes of popular dishes, created by professional chefs. The book will present the cuisine of Ukraine as part of the intangible cultural heritage of Ukraine. In 2020, the e-book will be available in English and Ukrainian. Printed copies are expected next year.
Culinary diplomacy helps to establish intercultural ties and unite communities. Tetiana Filevska, Creative Director of the Ukrainian Institute, talks about the idea of exploring the possibilities of culinary diplomacy: "Diplomacy is not limited to traditional protocol activities, official statements, or negotiations anymore. Public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, or intercultural relations are the new dimensions of diplomacy. Culinary diplomacy becomes an effective diplomatic tool. Popular dishes of national cuisines are gaining fans around the globe: today sushi can be found even in small districts, while falafel and chebureks have become traditional fast food. Such penetration of food into culture is often unspoken, but real evidence of the presence of other nationalities in our everyday life." Olena Braichenko, a scholar in the field of gastronomy and a founder of the Їzhakultura, works on the development of this research area in Ukraine. Speaking about the upcoming book, Olena notes: "We (Olena and other scholars, culinary reviewers, and chefs) will talk about culinary traditions that are still relevant in Ukraine. Also, we are going to present the recipes from different regions of Ukraine which reflect today's diverse gastronomic culture. The chefs will present Ukrainian cuisine as "living" cuisine, which can be prepared today using all available kitchen appliances. The book will present diverse gastronomic images of modern Ukrainian cuisine and will accustom the readers with a variety of tastes, colors, and visual images of the culinary map of Ukraine."
The project on Ukrainian culinary diplomacy will bring together scholars, chefs, designers, photographers, and protocol specialists to promote modern Ukrainian cuisine abroad.
Їzhakultura is a research and educational project about food, history, society, and culture. The project studies the culinary traditions and contributes to the preservation of the gastronomic heritage of Ukraine. The Їzhakultura is a winner of the Competition for the best concept of the book on culinary diplomacy, held by the Ukrainian Institute. In 2019, Їzhakultura published "Crimean Tatar Cuisine" by Olena Soboleva that has become a bestseller.
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