Until recently I knew next to nothing about Afghanistan, except that we’ve been at war there for more than half my lifetime.
From what I saw in the news I envisioned dry, desolate terrain throughout, with militants popping out from rocky outcroppings just long enough to shoot at a nameless target.
I knew this wasn’t accurate, but I didn’t have an alternate vision to replace it with.
So, with a little time on my hands after graduation, I decided to build one.
I could have tackled Afghan history, or economy. But there’s something much more tangible about food. Rather than trusting text to be true, we can see, smell, touch, taste the food in front of us. It’s a primary source in the study of a culture we can’t absorb firsthand.