Benefits of Cooking
and Eating Together Learned
from Italian, Argentinean,
and Indian Culture

Cooking regular meals with your loved ones is a great way to encourage stronger bonds, talk to one another over food, and build lasting memories. Eating together is a cherished tradition for many countries, including Italy, Argentina, and India. Below, we’ll share some tips we can learn from the customs of each of these countries!

Tips from Italy

1. Share laughter and love

In Italy, meals are long and filled with love and laughter–in fact, a classic, home-cooked Italian meal is often associated with romance.

2. Don’t be afraid of carbs!

Italian cooking has a reputation for being carb-heavy: picture pasta, pizza, and bread–YUM! Take a note from this culture by allowing yourself to indulge in these delicious meals without feeling guilty.

3. Taste while you cook

Since Italian cooking is most often cooked in a pot or pan, it’s a labor of love, and a fun process that involves regular taste-testing as you add ingredients. This makes cooking is a fun experience for the whole family.

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Tips from Argentina

1. Appreciate the simple things

A meal doesn’t have to be complicated or contain a trillion ingredients to be delicious! Argentines know this; their homemade meals are simple, made with love, and eaten with the whole family.

2. Enjoy a late dinner

Starting dinner at 9:30 PM or later is typical in Argentina! While this is considered quite late in the United States, consider this your pass to start cooking dinner a little later if you need to–or to take your time as you cook.

3. Master the grill!

Argentine cooking is all about grilling delicious meats. During the warmer months, why not get the family together to grill a traditional Argentine meal outside? In Argentina, meat is grilled slowly at low temperatures; there’s never any rush.

Tips from India

1. Sit down for meals with your family

In India, family meals are an essential time to bond, talk, and connect with  one another. This is something we can all learn from. If you find it hard to  eat together as a family every night, try to at least incorporate one family  dinner a week into your routine!

2. Don’t rush!

A typical Indian dinner lasts from 7 PM to 11:30 PM. If you find that your family typically rushes through meals, take this as a tip to slow down and appreciate your time with one another–and to appreciate all the delicious food!

3. Explore spices

Indian cooking is known for its incorporation of delicious, fragrant spices, including cardamom, cumin, turmeric, and so many more. If you don’t frequently cook with many spices or have yet to try a recipe with a particular spice, give it a shot to explore new flavors! Perhaps try cooking the highly popular chana masala, or chicken tikka masala.

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More Self-Care Tips

Cooking and eating with loved ones can be a great way to practice both compassion and self-care. For more self-care tips, take a look at our other blog posts, and my latest book today!


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