Over the past 30 years, our cities have become more and more multiethnic and multicultural.
Since then, international food has begun to appear in the windows and on the shelves of small grocery stores opened by migrant families.
Food follows people's movements. It is identity-based, but also ready to hybridize with the local taste. Indeed, it is mainly through food that the
"other and the elsewhere" get into osmosis with the new society. International cuisine offered by restaurants of different nationalities has now become part of our daily life, introducing exotic tastes and flavors, very often already experienced in tourists' experience.
Food tells stories about the people who produce and consume it. Within the global village raw materials produced, processed and distributed on logistics routes end up on our tables. Dishes and ingredients from distant culinary traditions are offered in an industrialized, ready-to-use version. On product packages there are messages, symbols, small stories.
In such a vast consumption world, in this efficiently structured but - at the same time - extremely vulnerable food-system, from African street markets to western megastores, food-goods invade our shopping carts and our imagination.