Food fosters togetherness and many dietary practices in Asia are shaped not just by culture but also religious beliefs. Most people make the choice to eat or avoid certain foods based on their religious belief. Religious beliefs exert a strong influence on food habits, particularly through food laws such as taboos imposed on consumptions of certain food items. This leads to many fascinating, culturally and theologically significant foods. Sharing food with those from different cultures and beliefs can tune us to grow closer to our global community and become more sensitive to the differences between cultures and religions. Chef Devagi Sanmugam shares stories and recipes of some food served at religious celebrations in Asia.
"food for the gods", " sacred foods", " offerings"
Food Policies, Politics, and Cultures
Chef Devagi Sanmugam, known widely as ‘Spice Queen’, is one of Singapore's most dynamic and talented food personalities. She is an accomplished authority on Asian food scene and a professional spice blender, she is constantly involved in providing culinary educational experiences, developing and testing original recipes or formulas for food companies, hotels and restaurants all over the world. This inspiring chef has 22 cookbooks and her latest book, I AM A RICE COOKER! came in third place as World’s Best in the cooking schools category in the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2017!