"At the center of all the family’s activities was food – food as politics, food as the binding force in relationships, and food as the most direct means to imbibe and contribute to culture, wherever you were." This was the introduction to a lifelong love of food and cooking for our guest Jake Tilson. This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, join Anne Strainchamps in a conversation on food and culture with Jake Tilson, author of "A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries"
- Jake Tilson, author of "A Tale of 12 Kitchens: Family Cooking in Four Countries"
- Carolyn 3/30/07: "We have discovered upon returning from a foreign venture that the best way to share the flavor of the places we have visited is not with trinkets or souvenier gifts. We purchase wines, oils, seasonings, Vino Santo, edible rice paper, Yucatan achiote, and prepare a feast representative of Asia, Italy, Denmark,Poland, Latin America for our family to enjoy. Even the youngest enjoy the vicarious cultural, culinary experience. We have also learned that scouring the supermarkets, markets and shops, and exhibiting a genuine interest in the culinary life style of a country is a great way to get to know the local people who are most pleased that an American respects, enjoys and becomes participatory in their life style. There is a saying that in order to enter the home of another, one must speak their language. We believe it is more related to entering the kitchens of the world and appreciating the cooking going on there."