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Food is a Common Experience

August 28, 2012

When we think of the differences among us around the world, there are many that are apparent. But I have enjoyed discovering our commonalities…the things that make us know each other better. Food, how we prepare it and share it, is one of those. Take your time looking at each photo. Most are in locations that perhaps immediate screams out the differences….look to see what is the commonality….and enjoy.

from Farmplate website

Food for Thought

  Food is our common ground, a universal experience. 
– James Beard

 Pul-e-Kumri, Afghanistan

Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the
single most significant trademarks of a culture.
– Mark Kurlansky

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.

– Lucretius, Roman Poet and Philosopher

Calcutta, India


The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water,
is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…”
M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

Bakery run by widows, Kabul, Afghanistan

All sorrows are less with bread.

– Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote


If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars  and all the heavens.
– Robert Browning


Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the
court that surrounds the king.
– Louis Bromfield


Istanbul, Turkey

Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and 
eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.
– Peter Farb and George Armelagos

Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating

Rajasthan, India

Egg Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan

Chef Wolfgang Puck,  Los Angeles, California, USA

Date Seller, Yemen


The table is a place of communion for life’s large and small events.
Art Smith, Master Chef



Refugee Family, Sri Lanka

It’s the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.
– Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky

Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, India

If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world. 
– J.R.R. Tolkien

Monsoon Waters, Indonesia

Beirut, Lebanon


Mumbai, India

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death. 

– E.M. Forster

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2012 6:55 am

    This is beautiful! What’s more important than our food? Thank you for taking the time to put this album together.

    • August 28, 2012 6:59 am

      Oh I didn’t do it, although I wish I had had the concept. I merely stumbled upon it while looking for something else on the web and knew it was a treasure to share. This of me more like a midwife on this one. LOL

  2. August 28, 2012 7:59 am

    Nice! It’s why everyone always gathers in the kitchen no matter the size. It’s the heart of the home where the food is prepared.

  3. August 28, 2012 8:49 am

    Beautiful and a great reminder of how good we have it in the USA. I can’t imagine seeing rubble and garbage every day I had a meal (well, if I ate in my bedroom…). And yet, many people can find happiness despite their troubles. It makes our “troubles” so trivial, in my opinion.

    It also makes me more aware that war is not the answer. Food not Bombs! We can’t win over a foreign nation by coercing but would all get a better understanding if we were there, felt what daily life is like, and tasted their bread! It’s all tied together whether we want to look at it or not. Thanks for the great post.

  4. August 28, 2012 4:20 pm

    Couldn’t find this at the post you linked to (for credit?)… but the original post and photos were done by Steve McCurry at
    Steve does some mind-boggling gorgeous photography from all around the world. Each post features a particular theme – as in the “Food for Thought” post he did awhile back

    • August 28, 2012 4:46 pm

      Thanks for adding that to my fumbled attempt to credit him. And thank you for bringing it to my attention.

      • August 28, 2012 4:51 pm

        I thought I had forwarded the link to you, but obviously spaced out between the intention and the deed. Figured it was right down your alley.

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