Even in the soup! The kitchen is everywhere. In the mouths not only of those who eat, but also of those who build, around a table, imaginaries in which food serves as a bridge to everywhere. Behind what we eat there is much more than nutrients. There is society and therefore culture. Gastronomy is not only haute cuisine, nor just plain food, but a set of relationships in which agents of a very diverse nature intervene, within an ecosystem whose common denominator is food and whose meaning reminds us that human beings are the creation of desire. and not of necessity.
To celebrate it, the Basque Culinary Center presents 50 Miradas, an interdisciplinary editorial project that invites us to observe the multiplication of a phenomenon in motion in which ideas are the main ingredient, action is translated into the best technique and creativity is revealed as the only border. Are we really what we eat? More than answers, 50 miradas opens questions in a multidimensional story in which gastronomy takes the form of conversation, activism, science, value and experience.
Publisher: Basque Culinary Center
Authors: Sasha Correa and Iñaki Martínez de Albéniz
Texts by Joxe Mari Aizega, Sasha Correa, Iñaki Martinez de Albeniz and Raúl Nagore.
Art and design direction: Santos Bregaña
Illustrations: Pedro Perles.
Javier Muro, Harkaitz Cano, Itsaso Gabellanes, José Luis López Zubiria, Conré Nuham, Victor Unzu and Jimena González Fernández.
"Wherever you look! Gastronomy is everywhere. Not just in the mouths of those eating, but also those sitting around the table creating the imaginary in which food serves as a bridge to everywhere else. There is much more to what we eat than just nutrients. There is society, and therefore culture. Gastronomy is not just haute cuisine, nor is it simply cooking food, it is a collection of relationships in which very different agents intervene in an ecosystem whose common denominator is nourishment and whose meaning, as French philosopher Gaston Bachelard would say, lies in the fact that the human being is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
To celebrate this, the Basque Culinary Center presents 50 Miradas (50 Glimpses), a project involving a book and an exhibition in which gastronomy lovers, those who are curious and even those who are critical of gastronomy can enjoy a close-up view of 50 aspects of the multiplication of a contagious and fascinating phenomenon. It is a project that shows how people from all over the world go about making their daily bread: from the activism of those who champion vegan and gluten-free causes, the boisterous audiences of MasterChef and the barometers used these days to measure the talents of a cook, to the obsession of those who can't live without a Thermomix, or the resolution of those who address the challenges set by the palate in these times of post-truth, food porn and Instagram.
50 Miradas will serve up an enticing cocktail of questions with an interdisciplinary flavour mixed together by sociologist Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz and journalist Sasha Correa. Because today, far from being a mere trend, gastronomy is a movement in which ideas are the main ingredient, action is translated into the best technique and the only boundary is the limit of our creativity."