from tartare to the hamburger


you never know when you are gonna hear something that really gives new meaning to the simplest things.  the the term “tartare” actually started with genghis khan and was associated with the way his people eat beef.  wild right?  this later migrated to russia and eventually germany and so goes the story of the hamburger as we know it today. 

warriors would keep raw beef under their saddles to tenderize it,  season it with onions and eat that shit!  that is so awesome!  this was observed all the way to germany eventually becoming “steak hamburg” after they added a little heat to it and served it hot.

don’t get me wrong, i am well aware of the french application with raw egg and  all that but,  i always assumed that the french simply called it that.  and yes, i know that every culture has a way eating raw foods – mostly out of necessary – but this actually struck me as a refreshing lesson in something that i enjoy eating but mostly enjoy interpreting in my food.  this is an example of how important food anthropology is and we all owe our favorite “bill & ted” character a sense of gratitude!


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One Response to from tartare to the hamburger

  1. eatLOCALorDIE says:

    as a side Tartar sauce was created as a mayonnaise and chopped vegetable condiment for this…how do you say…raw beef thing you mentioned.
    A name derived from the Tartars, a Turkic people who lived in Russia and used to war with the Mongols. Tartar sauce however was not created by the Tartars but the French who served it as a condiment for steak tartare.
    The french word infers rough, as the Tartars were considered a rough, savage and violent people.

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