Hello, and welcome to Global Peace Kitchen!
My name is Cherri Megasko, but you can call me Cher. I grew up in a relatively sterile and stagnant food environment. My parents were both great Southern cooks from North Carolina, but once you got past the southern fried staples, the rest of the culinary world ceased to exist. Don’t believe me? I had my first bagel at age 21. At age 22 I saw my first Danish with cream cheese and asked the girl behind the counter, “Who in their right mind would put cheese on a pastry?”
Yeah, we occasionally had spaghetti out of a box with sauce out of a jar, sprinkled with cheese out of a cardboard canister. But that was the absolute extent of my ethnic food exposure.
And then something happened. I’m not sure when or where, but there must have been a definitive moment when something changed inside me. I stopped asking “Who in their right mind would …” and started asking, “Why not?”
As I began to travel and expand my culinary horizons I noticed that I was also expanding my social and cultural horizons. “Foreigners” suddenly didn’t seem so foreign and “ethnic food” was something to be sought out rather than avoided. The world began to get smaller and those I misunderstood or feared before became my comrades … my companions … my friends.
That, in a nutshell, is what Global Peace Kitchen is all about. It seeks to grease the path of understanding and acceptance through learning about and appreciating the uniqueness of others through their cuisine.
For in the end, we are all the same … we breathe, we sleep, we eat.
I hope you enjoy our little piece of paradise here at the Global Peace Kitchen. Please feel free to let us know what we might do to make your global culinary experience more satisfying.