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Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks

pinto beans and ham hocks

A reflection by Carrie Ann Barton Science tells us that the sense of smell most strongly sparks our memories and emotions I smell stories I smell reunions I smell tradition I smell anticipation I smell family I smell Love . . Volume 7, Issue 2 | Editorial | Table of Contents | Subscribe | Buy | Donate Carrie Ann Barton is a Certified Mind Body

Celebrating Body & Soul: A Tea-Making Festival Reunites Russians with Their Cultural Traditions

Founder of the festival

by Mariia Ermilova and Tatiana Ilinich Every Russian knows the tall herb with elegant pink flowers and a reddish stem: Ivan-Chai (Epilobium angustifolium or Chamaenerion angustifolium). This plant is found throughout Russia, from Europe to the Far East. It usually appears on the outskirts of towns, one of the first species to appear when land

Del Monte a la Cocina: Gathering Inspiration in Southern Chile

biocultural diversity

by Antonia Barreau, Sonia Aliante Raiguanque, Jesús Sánchez, Rosario Valdivieso, and Susannah R. McCandless What could be more local than wild, foraged foods, especially in a country where biogeographic isolation has generated high degrees of endemism? Wild foods contribute to Chile’s distinct cultural cuisine. In the south, they form an essential part of the traditional

Old Seeds, New Growth: Harvesting Community Empowerment from a School Garden in Kenya

by Eliot Gee Josephat Werimo doesn’t have an easy job. As principal at Mundika Special School, he is responsible for over one hundred students with disabilities. The staff is dedicated to making the school a safe haven for the students, many of whom are regarded as burdens in their own homes. Parents often entrust their

You Can Eat Your Cake and Have It Too: A Special Cake Recipe from the Nicobar Islands, India

coconut helmet

by Rakhi Kumari Food—its cultivation, cooking, and consumption—is an important ingredient for studying a society. Whether looking at food through the lens of anthropology, history, or linguistics, we cannot skip this strand of the cultural tapestry of a society if we wish to understand it clearly. What we eat, and how we eat, isn’t just

Understanding the Meaning of Food and Work through Community Photography in Peru

men resting

by Rebecca Wolff, Francesco D’Angelo, Gonzalo Urbina, and Malena Martínez Peru has earned a name for itself as an international culinary destination. But the focus is often on the nation’s capital, Lima, as opposed to the Indigenous and rural areas of the country. In the region of Cusco, chef Virgilio Martinez has been using food

Mujeres y Maíz: Expanding Food Choices for Rural Women in Southern Mexico

biocultural diversity

Text by Constanza Monterrubio Solís Photos by Inanc Tekguc Preparing and sharing food is one of the many nourishing activities that rural women carry out day by day. The diversity of grains used, cultivation methods, processing techniques, and preparation preferences are elements that tell us powerful stories about local biocultural traditions. The social and geographical

Nostalgia & Spleen: Feeding the Body, Rediscovering Self Through Sicilian Street Food

Sicilian Street Food

Text and Photos by Vincenzo Di Giorgi Last fall I was sitting on a marble bench right next to the Cala, a U-shaped cove in the coast of Palermo, watching the boats nearby being rocked by the gentle wind, their masts swaying. I was focusing on the wall painting on the other side of the

Grandmother Oak and Her Acorn Teachings

Sara Moncada and Maya Harjo We come here to listen. Under the beautiful Grandmother Oak grove that sits here along the tributaries of the Ignacio Creek watershed, we have come to listen to stories, to gather as community, to learn from one another and share good food. She is massive and very old, our Grandmother

Cultivating Respect: Reviving Forgotten Plant Knowledge in Costa Rica

Felipe Montoya-Greenheck Puriscal is a rural canton in the Province of San José, Costa Rica. It is located in the northern foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range that divides the plains of the western Central Valley. Its capital, Santiago, was established in 1868. Before the colony, Puriscal and its surroundings were the territory of the

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