Food is something that connects us – it’s a language that takes away age, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and even the spoken word. It’s who we are; it’s part of our culture and our upbringing. Put simply, food is memories. That’s why I decided to see the world and learn about different cultures by asking locals to share personal food memories with me.
‘Say It Like You Eat It’ shares real food stories by real people, using their own words. Since hopping on a plane 4 months ago, I’ve collected over 60 edible stories, now I’ll be posting one profile a week (except for this week, where I’ll post 2). The beauty of this project is that there are no boundaries – someone from Cambodia may have a very similar experience to somebody in Canada, and you just don’t know what somebody is about to share with you. So, if you take the time to talk to people, listen to what they have to say, and keep an open mind, be prepared to be amazed.
You’re probably wondering why I created this project? (I have a pretty random and curious mind). Food has helped me heal when I’ve lost love ones, has helped bring people together, and has helped me make a small difference to people’s lives. We are becoming more and more disconnected with our food, the stories behind it, where it comes from and how we share it, so maybe if we take a step back, remember and share, we can make a difference, even if it’s a little one.
When I cook certain dishes, taste a particular ingredient, or discover a certain smell in the air, it unlocks memories. Food was a way for me to be closer to my Granny, who passed away before she got to see me in my whites. But when I taste her dishes, I remember things. That’s why I wanted to kick this project off with my Granny.
My Gran used to tell us:
“If you cook from your heart, people will come”