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Vegan or ethnic? No thanks. 8 out of 10 Italians want to rediscover their grandmother’s cooking. And on Sunday, lasagna and roast chicken win

Refined, refined, gourmet. Trendy, ethnic, vegetarian or vegan. Nothing to do when it comes food and choice at the table Italians they do not want to take risks and to prove the facts they always choose the classic recipes of a tradition rich in history and taste: those of Grandmother. They are in fact almost 8 out of 10the 76%those who say they prefer traditional cuisinethat of the grandmother, with refined dishes, long preparations, exotic or standardized flavors like those of fast food. The perfect menu? And with lasagna AndBaked ChickenThis emerges from theDoxa / Unaitalia survey “Traditional recipes”carried out on a sample of 1000 cases, representative of adult Italians, on the occasion of the grandparents daywhich will be celebrated on October 2, and which tells, through habits and preferences in the kitchen, the relationship that Italians have with the main guardians of tradition, the grandparents. “We are witnessing a return to traditional cuisine, to that of the flavors of a time – explains the food anthropologist and food writer Sergio Grasso – favorite Sunday lunch recipes also confirm this: lasagna and chicken undoubtedly represent the paradigm of grandmother’s cooking, available in all regions. Chicken in particular is eaten all over Italy, with each region having its own particularities, from chicken with peppers in Rome to fried chicken in the north. »

THE IDEAL SUNDAY LUNCH? AT GRANDMA’S HOUSE (SPECIALLY FOR MILLENIALS)

Accept to experiment, to try, to taste, to explore. But when it comes to choices at the table, Italians look to their own house, or rather their grandmother’s. This is demonstrated by the fact that for the 69% of them the ideal for Sunday lunch he is at home with his family, especially his grandparents with the whole family. In short, Sunday with the family is the icon of lunch on public holidays, especially among the youngest: they are in fact the millennials watch especially, and with affection, the meetings at the grandparents, says the 44% young people between 18 and 24 years old. “The younger generations do not snub their grandparents – continues Grasso – the previous generations did, those of the economic boom, while those of today are perhaps a little confused, but certainly more thoughtful and go gladly with the grandparents”.

LASAGNA AND ROASTED CHICKEN ICONIC ITALIAN DISHES AT PARTY TIME

Now let’s see, more specifically, what are the most popular recipes. Among the first courses, as we have seen, figure the lasagna to be the master, considered by one in two Italians (he 50%) the first favorite dish; follow the stuffed egg pasta (ravioli, tortellini, etc.) 24%), the Risotto (20%), the soups and the soups (6%). Among these, however, is the immortal roast chicken with potatoes the memory plate, considered by 36% Italians the grandmother’s dish par excellence together with other typical traditional dishes such asroast veal (20%), the Meatballs (18%), the cooked fish (16%) and the rabbit went cacciatora (ten%).

“Today there is a return to grandma’s cooking because we are tired of this phenomenon that I call ‘foodie pornography’, this overeating offered in all areas and all situations. But before to be a good of media consumption and custom, food is above all sharing, serenity and tradition: in this the figure of the grandparents, with their old and reassuring cuisine, still represents an important identity element to which to refer” – explains Grasso.

FOR MILLENNIALS, GRANDMA IS ALSO THE COOKING TEACHER

And it’s always especially for the millennials that the grandmother is also there cooking teacher and it is to her that they rely to learn the secrets of the kitchen. If in fact the 21% of Italians say they learned to cook from their grandmother, the percentage almost doubles (37%) in boys between the ages of 18 and 24. “Grandparents have something to say, maybe not necessarily with words but they do it through their gestures, their way of caressing children, their cooking. They are living encyclopedias, they must also be brought to life through beautiful family habits like Sunday lunch” – concludes the anthropologist.

TRADITIONAL RECIPES? A LEGACY TO PASS ON TO THE YOUNGEST. A WORD FROM A DOC GRANDMOTHER, ANNA MORONI

What do their grandmothers, guardians of the gastronomic heritage of our territory, think of it? For Anna Moroni, TV cooking teacher par excellence and grandmother of four grandchildren, it is important that young people start from what matters most is to pass on the basics of cooking to young people. “My greatest satisfaction is to teach and pass on my love for cooking. To the youngest I recommend be patient and respect the timing of a recipe. To prepare a chicken cacciatore, for example, one of my great workhorses, it takes about two hours. Don’t be in a hurry, just go step by step. If you don’t have time, it’s better to fall back on a quick preparation, there are many tasty solutions ready in a few minutes, just think of chicken breast in a pan enriched with a mixture of herbs. »

“SUPER STAR” GRANDMOTHER: NOW THEY ENTER THE KITCHENS OF BIG RESTAURANTS WHERE THEY ARE “CHEFS AT HOME”

Grandma’s cooking flies high. To New York an Italian-American entrepreneur had a simple but brilliant idea: serve dishes cooked by grandmothers from all over the world in his restaurantto rediscover these unique flavors, this wisdom in the preparations that only the guardians of traditional gastronomy are able to transmit in their dishes. In France, however, grandmothers become “home cooks” to bring the kitchen of the past into every home. In Italy there are Cesarine: a group of traditional cuisine enthusiasts, including many grandmothers (and grandparents), who open the doors of their homes, or cook at those who request it, for them to taste dishes from their books of family cooking. Then there are countless “grandma’s cookbooks” and cookbooks that consider them protagonists.

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