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The Mediterranean Diet: Exploring the World's Healthiest Food Culture with Margaux Hofstedt

The Mediterranean Diet: Exploring the World's Healthiest Food Culture with Margaux Hofstedt


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Eating is one of life's pleasures, and eating well is essential for our health. The Mediterranean diet, or Cretan diet, is a healthy and tasty way of eating, and its benefits for the population have been widely recognized. The Mediterranean diet is, however, much more than just a diet theorized in the 1960s by American physiologist Ancel Keys. Recognized as an intangible heritage by UNESCO in 2010, its dietary principles and values remain highly relevant, both for human health and that of the planet. But what makes the Mediterranean diet so special? 

The evolution of this diet model has been shaped by the fusion of cultures and people in the Mediterranean Basin, each of which has added its own brick to the structure: preservation techniques, goods, culinary skills, particular tastiness or savors, lifestyles, traditions, and communal interactions. Together, let's discover the main principles and values of this diet, this particular lifestyle, and the way you can easily adapt it to your daily life for both pleasure and health. 

Led by an expert on food patterns and cultures, Professor Margaux Hofstedt, this lecture will explore all the facets of this exceptional "Intangible Heritage of Humanity." Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of food patterns rich in colors, aromas, and memories, which support the taste and the spirit of those who live in harmony with nature.

The daughter of a French perfumer from the city of Grasse, the world's capital of fragrances, Professor Margaux Hofstedt forever associates scents with childhood memories: of her dad's scented fingers; of the fields of roses, jasmine, and tuberose surrounding her family home; of mysterious smells, like sandalwood, and patchouli, brought back from exotic countries. After graduating from the prestigious Higher Institute of Fragrances and Flavors ISIPCA in Versailles, an institution founded by renowned perfumer Jean-Jacques Guerlain, she dedicated her professional life to teaching and lecturing, sharing her passion with various audiences worldwide. She also created perfume-making workshops not only at The House of Fragonard but also at the European University of Flavors and Fragrances in Provence, opening the doors of a sensory journey for anyone interested in understanding the creation process. In addition, she is professor of Food Studies at the Institute for American Universities and the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France. Prof Hofstedt is bilingual in French and in English.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Educational and informative. Will watch when video sent as it was difficult to take notes. Appreciate the data she passed on to us.