I love Italian food
I love Mexican food
I love French food
I love Irish Food
I love Mediterranean food
I love Turkish food
I love Ukrainian food
I love Slovenian food
I love Polish food
I love Japanese food
I love Korean food
I love Thai food
I love Chinese food
I love African food
I love Argentinian food
I love Peruvian food
I love Island food
I love Louisiana food
I love American food
And all the ingredients, spices, vegetables, dairy, meats that make up these foods.
How can I love these foods and not love the people who create them?
I put feta (Greek) on my hamburger
I put za’atar (Middle Eastern) and harissa (African) on my vegetables
I put jalepenos (Mexican) on everything
I put cumin (Mediterranean) on my sauerkraut
I make infinite salads with quinoa (Andes)
I put bananas (Tropical) on my cereal
I put salt and pepper on everything
I eat avocados (Mexican and Mediterranean) daily
I use olive oil (Mediterranean) on everything
I put corn in, on, around, alone in cakes, grills, stir fries, stews, roast, etc.
And on and on
Come on? Can we come together?
Take any vegetable and chop — Where did it come from?
Apply an herb or seed of your choice — Where did it come from?
Select a protein (meat, fish, bean) — Where did it come from?
Cook with a fat (oil, butter) of your choosing (roast, sautee, stew or poach) — Where did it come from?
Place on seasoned rice, beans, farro, potato, tofu, pasta — Where did it come from?
Food comes together into delicious combinations, bigger than the sum of the parts from cultures all over the world. If we as a people can come together, wouldn’t that be a fantastic meal?
We are interconnected; we rely on each other; and we need all cultures, their talents and perspectives. Those values make us strong and will enable a positive, healthy, enlightened future.