Traditional Cooking vs Modern Cooking


Food preparation, cooking and sharing meals have been human traditions as far back as our human civilisation has existed. These activities have been central to people and families because they have been far more than a mere vessel for our continued physical existence. Commentary regarding the ever-changing food industry, is therefore a hot issue and traditionalists are facing-off against Modernists at the top of the debate list.
In today’s modern world, the argument against modern foods and modern cooking has been raised with traditionalists seeking a return to the traditional methods of food preparation and cooking, in a bid to avoid chemically modified and enhanced produce. The traditionalist argument centres on reviving age-old food production methods and recipes believing that these traditional ways promote greater health.
Modernists on the other hand, argue that today’s modern food production method’s increase productivity to meet demand, modern cooking methods reduce cooking time and innovative techniques, such as cooking via blow torches and such, are more interesting and creative ways to entice diners to the table.
It is clear that both sides provide an interesting insight, however, the fundamental purpose of food consumption is to provide sustenance, therefore it follows that the food we consume should be of the highest nutritional value irrespective of convenience. Finding a balance between creative, modern cooking techniques and reliable, traditional food production methods utilising fresh organic produce, is likely to provide the best and certainly the most sustainable food industry outcomes into the future.