La Cucina Povera, or the kitchen of the poor, is a style of cooking that originated with peasants who cooked with whatever resources they had. Most of our most classic, cherished foods today stem from this tradition. Although it seems counterintuitive, having limited resources necessitated that cooks get creative with their food—whether it was to make unseemly ingredients tasty or to make something good last. Italy is famous for her salumi, which came about directly as a result of la cucina povera. Needing to stretch ingredients and increase meat’s shelf life, peasants resorted to curing (or sometimes cooking) meat, resulting in the delicious variety of salumi available in Italy today.
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