What Does Combat Food Say About A Culture?

What Does Combat Food Say About A Culture?

The comforts of home in liquid and powder form.

Lisa Baldini
  • 15 september 2010


Food can say a lot about a culture — what it culturally values as much as its nutritional contents. So, what do we find when we look at the combat rations of countries across the globe? Not surprisingly, the comforts and familiarity of home. For instance, Italy’s ration pack include mackerel in olive oil, pasta-and-bean soup and beef tortellini. South Korea’s includes the likes of ham fried rice, flavored sausage, and of course, sauteed kimchi. While these may be the powder and liquid form of the real thing, they do, at least, evoke a little sense of home in the most difficult conditions.

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