“Gastronomy” can be defined as the art and the techniques of food preparation. In a
nutshell, “knowing how to cook”. In this respect, the notion that food cooking techniques
are not merely ways of producing good food but, in themselves, a potential source of
nutrition, flavour and healthiness, has continued to gain ground.
Cooking food is a little like carrying out a “magical” laboratory experiment. Behind the everyday practice of preparing a sauce, a pasta dish or a side of vegetables is an entire world of techniques, materials and methods that can play a far more important role than we can possibly imagine in making sure that food has a key say in shaping our overall health.
Although our food purchasing and consumption choices are shaped by numerous different factors, knowing how to cook properly certainly plays a crucial role. In fact, various studies have shown how people that know how to cook are able to make healthier choices and that cooking methods, in terms of techniques and traditions, are important for studying the close connection between healthiness and cultural, environmental and economic factors.