Imagine if it were possible to create peace one bite at a time.
My name is Sasha Martin, and I believe it is possible…
via Stovetop Travel.
I’m so glad you made your way to our Adventure. While you’re here, I hope you find some inspiration to take home and enhance your Global Table.
You’re probably wondering why on earth I decided to cook my way around the world. Well. Let’s just say, it has everything to do with being a passionate mom, a perpetual daydreamer, and a lover of food.
On loving Food:
My enjoyment of eating is a direct result of the cooking gene I inherited from my mother. From the youngest age, mom propped me up on chairs and gave me bits of dough to work with. There were no restrictions on what I could add to my “inventions,” as she called them. Not only did she teach me to cook, she made sure I ate my vegetables. The habit stuck.
Outside of the “School of Mom” I furthered my culinary education in two ways. First, I wrote “The History of Artisan Bread Baking in France” to fulfill my 100-page Honors Thesis for Wesleyan University. Second, I spent a year refining my skills at the Culinary Institute of America. While there I was the editor of La Papillote, the student newspaper. I also received the prestigious M.F.K. Fisher Writing Scholarship. All while eating mountains of butter.
On being a Daydreamer:
I was born on Cape Cod, then lived a fairly static life in Boston until I was ten. I then moved every few years, including 6 epic years in France and Luxembourg. This is when I acquired my passion for travel – new sights, sounds, smells and tastes were everywhere.
Field trips weren’t just to nearby museums – they were to softball finals in Norway, an 8th grade history trip to Greece, and a senior trip to Tunisia. Basketball games were in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and beyond.
Still, with 12 countries under my belt, I’ve barely scratched the world’s surface. I’m always itching to just… go! This Adventure keeps the daydreams alive… and keeps my mind traveling.
On being the best Mom I can be:
Life has a funny way of leading us along the most unlikely roads. I’m not sure how I ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma after my globetrotting days. But here I am… living an ordinary life with my husband, my young daughter, and our cat Malky… Thanks to this Adventure, we have a little taste of the extraordinary every week. A sparkle in our hum-drum routine.
It’s no coincidence that I started this Adventure within days of my daughter starting solids. She will have eaten a meal from every country in the world before her fifth birthday. I believe it is the greatest gift I can give her.
We can’t travel right now for financial and logistical reasons. As I fumbled through those early months of motherhood, I realized I needed to step beyond daydreaming for myself and create something real for my daughter.
While I’m temporarily grounded – stuck in the middle of middle America – this Adventure has become my lifeline. Our lifeline. Fun. Entertainment. Educational. Eye-opening. A way to connect with our community. While I once thought we lived in a “monoculture” of sorts, I couldn’t have been more wrong. At my fingertips, right here in Tulsa, are local shops, markets, and people from all over the world….who are interested and willing to help on our quest. Thanks to them, I am able to find the ingredients I need to eat food from wherever I want, all over the world, whenever I want!
So, here we are. In order to salvage what remains of my culinary and global curiosity – and to raise my daughter in the spirit of discovery – we are on a Global Table Adventure: a quest to eat our way around the world, country by country, week by week, meal by meal.
Since there are 195+ countries on our beautiful planet, I’ll be preparing 195+ meals. And we’re going to eat them over 195+ weeks. All from our little kitchen and local shops, right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And I’m tracking it all here, so you can eat your way around the world, too.
Like I always say, Cook Global, Shop Local.
Join us, won’t you?
P.S. If you’re interested, we have a lot of fun on our Facebook page. I’d love to see you there!