The Modernization of Cooking Techniques in Two Rural Mayan Communities of Yucatan: The Case of Lard Frying
Abstract:The objective of this article is to provide information on cooking techniques used by two rural communities of Yucatan. We used a 24-hour recall method with 275 participants consuming 763 dishes. Dishes were classified according to cooking technique: 205 were lard-fried (27%), 169 oil-fried (22%), and 389 boiled/grilled (51%). The smaller more secluded community (San Rafael) consumed more fried dishes than the larger community (Uci) (54% versus 45%) and used more lard-frying than Uci (65% versus 46%). The more extensive use of lard in the smaller community appears to be due to fewer modernizing influences such as the availability and use of industrialized vegetable oils.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-01-01