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Celebrating the extraordinary individuals working to preserve and carry legacy food traditions forward

Food nourishes us and creates meaning that is both personal and global. Each serving of food is a window into who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.

Welcome to Cooking & Culture, where each story will take you on a journey to the heart of a distinctly American foodway, exploring the people, places, and deep-rooted dishes that express our bounty of cultures through the language of cooking.

Using the written word, film and recipes, we’ll examine and archive the ways food traditions shape lives and communities across the country and around the world. It is our hope that these insights build bridges of understanding and bring people together through our shared love of food. Let’s dig in!


Asian + American
Traditional cuisines speak with heart, history and wisdom in ways we can all understand.
Meet the Chefs
Hormel Foods Celebrates Lunar New Year with a Feast
Culinary Collective chefs learn about Lunar New Year foods and traditions in an event highlighting the importance and joy of cultural exchange.
Join The Celebration
Lowcountry Legacy
Gullah Geechee may seem like a new phenomenon, but it’s quite the opposite. As said in the Gullah language, “We beenya” (“We’ve been here”).
The word “foodways” describes the complex cultural currents that have shaped our culinary landscape. Tracing these foodways through personal stories reveals the historical, social, and familial connections that forged the dinner table. Every dish tells a tale, and every meal is a journey through time.

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