In Argentina, manly traditions are generally handed down from father to son. Gaucho traditions such as using a facón (a gauchos’ personal knife), throwing boleadoras (a gaucho’s hunting weapon), or making an asado (a gaucho grilled meat feast) are typically the domain of men.
Not so in the la Frossia household.
I am a man with strong Argentine roots but the art of an asado was passed on to me by Mom, not dad. I learned the process, preparation and grilling techniques of a traditional Argentine asado from her, and display the effectiveness of those lessons on special occasions with family and friends. My plan is to build a traditional stone Argentine parrilla (grill) for future asados but will bow to tradition.
I’ll be the one teaching my sons and daughter how to prepare the asado for their families.
This multimedia piece was produced for the “Coming to the Table” series from undergraduate thesis topics in political science.