‘We are what we eat’ - and while we often associate this saying with healthy eating, it’s equally true in the broader cultural sense of how our food relates to our sense of place. At its most basic level, food is an essential source of sustenance, yet at the same time people often associate food with far more ‘spiritual’ matters such as a sense of home or belonging, a sense of community, or a sense of providing for, and sharing in the company of, others.
We think food can be all of this and more, but we’re particularly interested in how food relates to culture. Food is something that appeals to the majority of our senses, and in some ways this elevates it above other cues that tie us to a country or a community. In particular, food is something we think about often if we travel to another part of the world - or we’ve been elsewhere in the world and then come home again.
We’d like to discuss two ideas on this thread (and please feel free to chip in to either!) The first is whether you’ve ever missed food from your home when you’ve been somewhere else. The second is whether you’ve ever lived abroad and then come home and missed food from your host country. The fact that so many places in the world have ‘expat supermarkets’ points to the idea that we all miss a little something from home when we’re elsewhere. But we also can’t be the only ones who have tried to track down ‘foreign’ food after returning home again - even if this means waiting long periods of time for online orders and paying outrageous shipping fees from other places.
How do you see food from your country or abroad? Let us know below!