The globetrotting cook and blogger behind Global Table Adventure shares her story—and makes her way through 195 countries and 650 recipes.
Cooking a recipe from every country in the world—that was the mission of my blog, Global Table Adventure. When I launched it in 2010, my daughter was seven months old and my husband was a picky eater. By the time I made my way from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe— 195 countries and 650 recipes later—I had a four-and-a-half-year-old and Mr. Picky was not so picky anymore.
My decision to take this journey seemed at first like a happy-go-lucky impulse, an upbeat way to learn about the world and raise my daughter with an international perspective at a time when we could not travel. Then I decided to turn the blog into a memoir, Life from Scratch. The serious introspection that followed led me to the truth about why I decided to obsessively cook the world from my small kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I realized that though the vicarious travel was fascinating, it was my almost irrational hunger for a sense of belonging that held the key to why I’d started blogging in the first place. As it is for so many people, this hunger was rooted in my childhood. And so my memoir began where the real story began—back when I was a little girl, wading through the murkiness of loss.