Tutti a tavola … con Target Point


La famiglia, soprattutto in Italia, è l’unità fondamentale della nostra società dove si apprendono le buone abitudini che saranno poi fondamentali per la nostra vita futura. Uno dei momenti topici della vita in famiglia è molto spesso il pranzo o la cena, quando condividiamo le nostre esperienze quotidiane, facciamo progetti e cerchiamo di risolvere i piccoli problemi.

Mangiare insieme in famiglia, genitori e figli intorno ad un tavolo, ha molti vantaggi:

  • Migliorare il dialogo tra i membri della famiglia
  • Aiuta ad abituare i bambini a mangiare tutti i tipi di cibi
  • Aiuta a identificare potenziali problemi alimentari

Incoraggiare un’alimentazione sana

Uno studio condotto dalla University of Minnesota ha rivelato che quando si mangia insieme si sviluppa una buona abitudine alimentare, mangiando cibi sani e lasciando da parte il cibo di basso valore nutrizionale.

Prevenire problemi alimentari

Quando si prepara il cibo per tutta la famiglia si tende a cucinare cibo più sano. Mangiare insieme diminuisce la probabilità di sviluppare  allergie, intolleranze e patologie legate a disturbi alimentari più gravi.

I bambini imparano le buone maniere a tavola

I bambini impareranno a mangiare a tavola anche solo per imitazione. Il fatto di mangiare insieme facilita l’apprendimento del le regole dello stare a tavola.

Mangiare tutti insieme sviluppa le capacità di comunicazione
Il pranzo o la cena sono il luogo e il tempo ideale per commentare quello che è successo durante il giorno, condividere con i genitori e i fratelli domande o problemi e cercare soluzioni comuni. Adulti e bambini imparano ad ascoltare gli altri e a condividere opinioni e idee . E ‘il momento ideale per la comunicazione in famiglia.

Fonte: SlowFood – Il gusto di mangiare insieme

Target Point, Italian Ideas



Y’all down at the table … with Target Point

Cooking and eating together remain an irreplaceable pillar of the Italian sociability.

In Italy, gastronomy is almost philosophy… and much more than that. It is pleasure and sociability: the perfect moment to talk, share a laugh and strengthen relationships. As a matter of fact, the importance of food, home cooking and eating together within the Italian culture has been scientifically proven.

Deborah Cameron, a world-renowned professor of English who teaches at the University of Oxford, and Don Kulick, a professor of Anthropology who works at the New York University, wrote about the subject in their outstanding book Language and Sexuality (2006, published by Cambridge University Press). The authors claim that food taste is actively socialized at dinner, and compare an American and an Italian family to explain their point. While some American family frames dessert as desirable, especially for children, and labels the rest of the dinner as mere nutrition and, sometimes (think about broccoli or brussels sprouts), even as some kind of punishment, Italian families talk about food and dinner as pure pleasure. For an Italian family, the dessert is not the great prize after a painful duty, but the cathartic moment that comes through an extremely exciting social and cultural journey.

For an Italian child, food means family and parents, it is a comforting blanket that wraps everything with its delicate warmth. Eating together with his mum and dad a home-cooked meal, a little Italian gains the sense of stability and love he needs to grow up and be happy.

While people around the world, especially some people in England and North America, develop family traditions based on “home delivery” or “eating out”, home-cooked meals shared with the rest of the family remain a sacred, irreplaceable event in Italy.

Even a “moment with your friends” translates almost automatically in “dinner” in the Italian vocabulary, because eating together and sharing food are both metaphorical and practical expressions of commitment. Around the table, conviviality grows and relationships achieve their highest peaks. Eating together is a magical moment through which the beautiful reaches the sublime, and friendship turns into a rare form of intimacy.

It doesn’t matter if the members of the family live at a different place, have different routines and do different things: Italians eat together, sitting around the kitchen table, every day, no matter what. And then, on Sunday, grandpa and grandma, daughters and sons, father and mother: the big family, all together. You could think about Christmas dinner as an example of the perfect Italian-style Sunday convivio. Different generations merge and embrace in front of the most delicious dishes you can imagine. The grownups enjoy some local wine, grandpa tells a story, the children laugh and grandma helps mum with the second course. Then the dessert, the coffee and the liquor. Maybe a friend comes around, or the uncle who lives on the other side of town, riding his bicycle. People talk about what happened during the week, how they feel. Everything is familiar and warm. A ritual that goes on and on, year after year.  A beautiful celebration of life itself.

Source: tuscookany.com

Target Point, Italian Ideas