How Ordinary Food Changes Everything
The year has changed, so perhaps it’s appropriate to look through the years at what causes life to change. How about salt, spice and fish? Surprisingly, these and other seemingly ordinary foods in your kitchen have been powerful weapons of mass reconstruction, shifting history to a different lane, ultimately creating the countries, cultures, and globalization we have today. And the eat goes on. Most recently, just after World War II, the original CARE packages of coffee and chocolate bombed down on West Berlin exploded enough power and goodwill to give us the peaceful political and economic alliances that brought our country safely into the 21st Century. Here are some everyday foods that really changed the world.
Sandra Garson is the author of Veggiyana, the Dharma of Cooking and How to Fix a Leek and Other Food From Your Farmers’ Market. As a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism and well-known cook for Dharma centers from Maine to Mongolia, she became the first food historian to explore the Buddha’s influence on how the world now eats. This led to exploration of more religious beliefs about food.