The consumption of sweets has always been associated with positive feelings and pleasurable moments, often connected to convivial and festive occurrences.
In fact, in almost every country in the world, birthdays, marriages, births and religious celebrations are celebrated by consuming cakes, biscuits and other delicacies. Furthermore sweets, with their different ingredients and their different preparations, mark the passing of the seasons and represent a strong link between the inhabitants of a territory and their traditions.
The sweet taste is almost never associated with a negative significance and in olden times a divine origin was even attributed to it. And if in the distant past only a few sweetening elements were used (in Europe for example up to 900 AD only fruit, must and honey derivatives were known), it was with the development of international trade that confectionery production grew to become a true culinary art. It is therefore thanks to cane sugar imported from Arab territories, to cocoa from the Americas and to other wonderful products from previously unknown areas, that sophisticated delicacies were made and "Pastry Making" was created in the modern sense.
Desserts, today as in the past, are therefore evidence of joyous and socialization moments; they represent a tangible example of the benefits that can be obtained by mixing products, experiences and traditions of different and distant places. My exhibition really wants to underline these aspects, highlighting the unifying power and joy that can arise from simple gestures like giving someone sweets or eating a nice piece of cake together.
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