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Eat a meal from a country in conflict

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The news is full of countries in various stages of conflict. As one small way to connect with your global neighbors in the world’s conflict zones, try a traditional recipe from that region and imagine yourself at their table.

To help you get started, here’s an interactive food map with recipes from 196 countries:



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Stories (8)

  • Allupin Yourpantry

    Without any discussion of why these countries are in conflict, and how we are complicit in each and every one of the conflicts (and I do mean you and me), we might as well be braising everything in a small pot of Gaza children's blood. In fact, that is essentially what we are doing when we appropriate other cuisines without actionable solidarity to end the conflicts in the regions which created these cuisines we're enjoying. It is more Orwellianism, top off the absurd amount we participate in every day.

  • Ann Rosen

    Love this! I love trying new foods, but this take on it makes the act of preparing and eating foods almost a meditative process. I have done this with coffee - pondering the soil, the people and cultures of the different countries that grow the beans that have resulted in my morning cup. This is a great way to expand on that. Thanks!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Awesome idea! Helps us to remember we all Eat. Food can unite us beyond borders. Friends of mine do this wonderful project called Chaos Cooking It is an evening in which every guest brings the ingredients to prepare their dish to share. Everyone prepares and cooks together. Sometimes there are themes, often it is let up to the guest's imaginations. ALWAYS there is conversation and understanding of cultures. Perhaps you want to try this too. HUG!

  • Cecilia Pinto

    When I looked at your country list, I looked for Palestine. It is not there. If I am to take this charity as a serious, humane campaign, the suffering people (especially children) from that unfortunate place should appear in your list as one of the more urgent causes. Otherwise, this "GOOD" it is just empty words on another biased site.

  • Sasha Martin

    Powerful emotions sideswiped me when I cooked a meal from North Korea. I think it was the first time I'd really been able to strip away the headlines and think of the North Korean people's daily need to not only feed their loved ones but to nurture them with love. Even when there is such turmoil this need - this ache for love - is there, stronger than ever.

    One of the dishes I tried was a rolled omelet, seasoned with kimchi. This egg treatment is common in many parts of Asia, but I felt the simplicity was perfect for North Korea. I shaped the omelet into a heart in a nod to those who continue to struggle and love their world, no matter how many challenges they must face.

    To make one rolled omelet:

    6 eggs
    2 Tbsp finely chopped kimchi
    sesame oil


    1. Add a splash of sesame oil to a 10" nonstick skillet. Heat to medium.
    2. Meanwhile, whip together the kimchi and eggs.
    3. Add a little of the beaten eggs to the pan – just enough to coat the bottom of the pan thinly (like a crepe). Swirl to spread the mixture around. When the egg is mostly cooked, take a spatula and roll up the omelet.
    4. Slide the roll over to the right and pour on a little more egg. Repeat the same procedure – swirl it around and then roll it up. Eventually you get a nice, thick rolled omelet.
    5. Let the omelet cool a few minutes and slice into bite sized pieces. Cut them on the diagonal and put back together into a heart shape. If you add the heart pieces to your pan and spoon on a bit of raw egg, you can even get it to “cement” together, making it great finger food for kids.