Food and Culture
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Written By Savannah McKinney
Cuisine is a powerful tool that has the ability to bring large groups of people together, if made right. It seems that no one is ever opposed to trying a new type of food, if it fits their dietary restrictions. If one goes to a new country it is implied that they will try the food of that region, and adapt to that food. This has the ability to merge one’s own culture to the new culture that is being presented to them by food.
It is known that all people love having variations of foods that they can enjoy. No matter one’s ethnicity it is likely that they have had a cuisine from another culture before. Most people have a diverse sense of taste and would like to expose that to different types of foods. The restaurants that are around the country of America allows for people to broaden their exposure to different authentic cultures of food. In elementary school I remember having an “All around the World Day”, where parents and students would explain about their culture and bring the food that was represented in their culture as well. This was a way for my school community to come together and learn about one another through food specifically.
For Spring Break 2020 I was provided the opportunity to Study Abroad for a week where I was immersed in the culture of the country of Belize. Cuisine is a large part of the country of Belize like any other country. In Belize, they raised their own livestock and would provide to their local community. During this experience I stayed at a homestay which allowed me to have a homestay mom who would cook lunch and dinner for me and another girl who was staying there as well. We were able to have authentic Belizean meals that I continue to enjoy today as I attempt to make them. I say this because when I was exposed to another region’s cuisine this opened me up to new things that ultimately brought me closer to a group of people and their culture.
About Savannah McKinney
Hello, my name is Savannah McKinney and I will be serving as an Intern for N.C. Cooperative Extension this summer. I am originally from Durham, North Carolina but I reside in Holly Springs, North Carolina now. I am currently a rising junior at North Carolina A&T State University, studying Elementary Education. I am looking forward to everything that I will be learning at Extension this summer. I am so grateful for this opportunity.