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Food is a window into culture. Learning to cook a dish from your heritage or another culture will make you a better global citizen by enriching your mind—and belly. So spend some time with a grandmother or a friend and learn how to cook a dish that is important to them. Whether it’s Japanese rice balls, Brazilian feijoada, Ukrainian varenyky, or curry vindaloo, learn how to make at least one dish from someone else's heritage. It might be tuna casserole or tamales or thin-crust pizza. Either way: take notes, ask questions, and taste. You’ll learn how to make something to share with others. Think of it as culinary archaeology, only tastier.



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Stories (3)

  • Esha Shah

    My story: how to make perfect round Roti's. we gujarati's eat curries and vegetable with whole wheat flour bread A.K.A Roti. Roti's are the main part of our everyday meal. My mom and sisters cooks them perfectly and I was odd one out.
    Before, my roommate use to cook it for me but when I started to live by myself I realize how important was it to make rotis to satisfy my meal. I use to buy frozen rotis but they were not fulfilling. so I decide to learn it from my mom on phone and whenever I visited her in india she use to ask me to make some so I can practice. she guided me on how to make dough,how to roll it to a perfect round with all sides equal, and cook it on a grill simultaneously while rolling next one.My mom makes like 35-40 rotis in an hour which is remarkable. I am still at 15-20 an hour. :) But learning with her was so much fun and hearing the story how she learned it too from her mom.

  • maldita

    You just made my day, Lara! If all goes well between me and this Brit who lives in southern California, I WILL come to L.A. and see you! And Chris O'Donnell, of course. (I LOVE NCIS: Los Angeles!)

  • Monica Robbins

    My boyfriend is from Mumbai. After four years of fumbling around with a South Indian staple food, Sambar, I've finally been able to crack the code and make a respectable version of it. The journey to proficiency took me on a road through culture, religion, and even the oft-maligned caste system. Ultimately, it's brought me closer to my boyfriend and his family. I wrote about it recently:‎