The culinary triangle
is a concept described by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss
involving three types of cooking
; these are boiling
, and smoking
, usually done to meat
The boiling of meat is looked at as a cultural way of cooking because it uses a receptacle to hold water
, therefore it is not completely natural. It is also the most preferred way to cook because neither any of the meat nor its juices are lost. In most cultures, this form of cooking is most represented by women and is served domestically to small closed groups, such as families.
Roasting of meat is a natural way of cooking because it uses no receptacle. It is done by directly exposing the meat to the fire
. It is most commonly offered to guests and is associated with men in many cultures. As opposed to boiling, meat can lose some parts, thus it is also associated with destruction and loss
Smoking meat is also a natural way of cooking. It is also done without a receptacle and in the same way as roasting. It is a slower method of roasting, however, which makes it somewhat like boiling.
According to Claude Lévi-Strauss, other cooking methods could be situated within this triangle. For example, grilling
meat, by nature of the meat being situated with "with lesser distance to fire", could be situated "at the apex of the recipe triangle" (above the roasted), while steamed
food, located further from the water than boiled, would be placed "halfway between the boiled and the... Read More