I’ve been struggling to find a way to be of service to the suffering planet and all its living beings right now. I’m not one to join crowds of people in a protest march, although I respect that right. But I do want to help.
In President Obama’s recent commencement address to 2020 graduates, he said that everyone’s talents are needed right now.
So I thought, what are my talents? I’ve done all kinds of things in my life, but what I’m doing at the moment is cooking and writing.
Could I use this as a kind of food activism to increase compassion and understanding in the world?
I took a look at our recipe data and realized that 68% of the recipes on this blog so far come from only 5 countries: United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, France, and Italy… all places predominantly inhabited by white people.
This makes sense for me because I live in the US, grew up in Canada which has a strong French influence, and my two grandmothers were from the UK and Italy. I cook from the cultures infused in me by my family and my current location.
But what if we diversify our recipes here, and try making one dish from each of the 200 countries around the world? What do people eat in Kyrgyzstan, or Namibia, or Laos?
The food people eat tells us something about their lives, how they spend their days, what they share with their loved ones. It can open our mind to other cultures and experiences, and increase our compassion for other humans.
It’s a great lesson to share with our kids too, as they grow up in this confusing time.
And since animal lives matter too, we’ll be choosing plant-based recipes wherever possible for each country.
I hope that this exploration helps us to keep moving forward, increases global understanding, and inspires you to help in your own way as well.
And now, here is the data on how many recipes we have from each country so far (also represented on the map above)…
United Kingdom: 23
2 recipes each from: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Russia, Thailand
1 recipe each from: Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Jamaica, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania
NO RECIPES YET from:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
We have a long way to go, and this may only be a small way we can help in our little corner of the world, but if we all keep taking small steps together in the right direction, we’ll end up in a better place.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.