Persian Cuisine and Culture Research Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Persian Cuisine and Culture
An examination of traditional Persian foods and their symbolism, as well as culture-specific habits of recent Iranian immigrants to the United States.
# 119221 | 2,842 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 11, 2010 in Anthropology (Middle Eastern) , Nutrition (Food) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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This paper examines Persian cuisine. It examines the symbolic nature, the cultural relevance and the medicinal value of the cuisine. The paper also explores traditional Persian food within the immigrant Iranian culture in the United States and culture-specific habits of recent Iranian immigrants. The paper identifies the symbols and meanings of Persian cuisine in both daily activities and ceremonies.

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From the Paper:

"Special events, ceremonies and festivities will feature certain foods as they symbolize things from life, to peace, to fertility, to good fortune. Though many Iranian immigrants may not know all that the food they eat represents, they are very aware of the ingredients in the food, and that they are used together in certain ways for gastronomical health and inner balance."
"In looking at the research as a whole, it is not a complete study of Persian food, but rather a sample of recent Iranian immigrants and their beliefs and understanding of Persian cuisine. This study could be further refined and used in a longer-term study of eating habits, tradition, and transition from one culture to another."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Asatrian, G. (2005). Talish and the Talishis. Iran and the Caucasus, Vol. 9, Issue 1, p43-72. Yereven State University.
  • Barer-Stein, T. (1999). You Eat What You Are: People, Culture & Food Traditions (2nd Edition). Toronto: Firefly Books.
  • Batmangalij, N.K. (1992). A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cooking. New York: Mage Publishers.
  • Fetterman, David M. (1998). Ethnography step-by-step, (2nd Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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