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Title: Covid-19 and the immediate culinary experiences of a Maltese community
Authors: Buttigieg, Noel
Keywords: COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Malta
Cooking, Maltese
Dinners and dining -- Malta
Cooking -- Malta
Creative ability in cooking
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Buttigieg, N. (2023). Covid-19 and the immediate culinary experiences of a Maltese community. In N. Buttigieg & G. Cassar (Eds.), Proceedings of History Week 2021: Rupture – A Historical Perspective (pp. 164-178). Malta: Malta Historical Society.
Abstract: The desertion of public spaces in this bid to stay safe during the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic forced Maltese families to adapt to the novelties brought about by this rupture. As entire families stayed at home to avoid infection, several daily routines had to change to negotiate the various disruptions. Among the many adjustments, research indicates how the rupture influenced people’s cooking motivations and practices. The closure of restaurants and other catering facilities caused a shift in preparation of domestic cooking and dietary habits, considering that the Maltese have been ranked third in Europe for money spent on eating out. Like other countries, the lockdown indelibly affected diet composition and eating behaviours.
A quick search based on the use of the word “recipe” by the Maltese during their Google searches for the period 8th March to 11th April inspired the origins of this research. The Google Trends tool indicated that the use of the word “recipe” tripled within four weeks. Intrigued by this rapid evolutionary process, this study aims to analyse the perceived changes in culinary practices during the early weeks of the Covid-19 situation in Malta. To what extent was the rapid increase in the search for the word “recipe” reflected in the Maltese dietary patterns and culinary practices?
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/114691
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