Txokos

A txoko, usually translated as gastronomical society, is a group of people that congregate to cook and converse. The literal translation is “cozy corner”. While traditionally these groups were entirely male, most have become co-ed. Txokos are generally closed off to the public, but on January 20th, Tamborrada, Donostia’s txokos open to the public in celebration. A typical txoko has no more than 80 members, though members’ families are welcome as well. Members pay a fee to remain a part of a txoko. A txoko has a pantry with basic cooking materials available to its members, and members keep track of the ingredients they use. Txokos run on an honor system, and are funded by their community. It is said that txokos were one of the few places that Basque culture could thrive during the reign of Francisco Franco. Txokos are also credited to keeping many Basque recipes alive that would otherwise have been forgotten.

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/14/152672497/at-basque-cookings-clubs-food-and-fraternity-mix-heartily

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/02/travel/la-tr-basque-20111002

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2 Responses to Txokos

  1. ajwinte2 says:

    Very interesting that in a society with such a female dominance (as we talked about in class) that men would have a “cozy place” to keep traditions alive. I would like to learn more about the difference between the txokos in the Franco regime compared to the txokos of today.

  2. qianhu2 says:

    Super cool! Thanks for writing about this. It’s great supplementary information to what we talked about in class.

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