Kitchen Anthropology

What better way to know a place than though its inhabitants? And what better way to know people than through their kitchens?

Recently I’ve been working on what I call kitchen anthropology. It started out as practice for a project I hope to do this summer, but has taken on a life of its own.

For the last couple of months in my articles for the Atlantic I have been introducing folks from all walks of life and various parts of the country, who invite us into their homes, show us how to prepare some favorite recipe, and share a little of their stories. The idea of these articles is to make a rough portrait of Spain as seen from the kitchen. I know that when traveling I always look forward to the opportunity to hang around in kitchens, both because I like the intimate atmosphere and because I always learn something about food, culture, life. I thought perhaps you, dear reader, would get a kick out of it too.

Paella with Elena in Madrid
Bacalao with Alvaro in Alava
Olla Podrida with Amaia in Burgos

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