Welcome

Ava and mama

Hello! I’m Sasha Martin and I cook the world for fun.

For the past several years I’ve cooked more than 650 recipes from every country in the world. They’re delicious. They’re beautiful. And they’re going to make you and your loved ones happy.

I know because I served each recipe to my picky husband, Keith, and our young daughter, Ava – all from our small kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I’m proud to report that Ava ate the entire world before her fifth birthday – an experience that will have a lasting influence on her food preferences and attitude towards her global neighbors. Equally amazing – my once picky husband now looks at food as an adventure, not an attack.  As for me? I’ve satisfied (most) of my wanderlust (and finally put my spice jars to good use!).

What we learned? There is good food everywhere.

We didn’t need a ton of special equipment. We didn’t need to order ingredients online. We steered clear of cobra hearts and fried tarantulas and stuck to the recipes that made us say YUM or WOW.  As we opened our hearts to trying new foods, bite by bite, the world grew smaller (and friendlier).

Together, we spiced up dinnertime, reclaimed our sense of adventure, and came to appreciate the peace that comes with inviting the world to our table.

And it all starts with stovetop travel. With each recipe you try, you and your family will explore a new and exciting corner of the world – not just with the food, but with the photos and stories connecting you to the people who live there.

Are you ready to explore the world through food?

  • Do you want to travel, but limited time or money makes that hard right now?
  • Are you tired of the same old boring meals? (I’m looking at you, steamed carrots, boiled corn, and baked potatoes!)
  • Are you curious about trying foods from other countries, but don’t know where to start?

I’ve been where you are, and I’m happy to say that I can help. When I started this blog it was mostly to record our family’s experience, but it really took off when people (just like you) chimed in – “I want to cook the world, too!”

Variety really is the spice of life.

We have hundreds of recipes from every continent for you to try – many easy enough for a weeknight, others elegant enough for the weekend. By introducing foods from 195 countries into your meals (as well as a full calendar of holidays around the world), you will reclaim the joy and adventure of cooking with your family. You’ll also know you’re teaching peace in action. After all: We create peace when we learn about each other, when we understand one another.

Take the first step today

You don’t need to cook the world all at once – even trying one new recipe a week will have a huge impact in your family. To get started, try out Tanzania’s Amazing Mashed Potatoes (this East African recipe is SO easy – our entire household loves it).

To help you on your journey, I’d like to offer you a FREE Starter Guide. These 45 pages are complete with tips for dealing with picky eaters, a “pact” for the whole family to sign, tips for hosting potlucks, and more – all to help make cooking the world a fun part of your lifestyle. Teachers and home educators will also enjoy my FREE Printable Passport Book for tracking progress through the countries.

Enjoy and happy stovetop travels!

P.S. Want to meet the family?

If you are still curious about who in the world we are, check out our stories by clicking on the images below and come say “HI” with #GlobalTableAdventure on Instagram, FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest

sasha-martin-headshot Ava's Around the World Lunches Keith-A-Martin

SASHA                                                  AVA                                                  KEITH

31 Comments

  1. I am so excited to find your book! I have always wanted to find a cookbook that brought me through foods around the world, and I can’t believe I found one in my own town of Tulsa! I love culture and adventurous food – thanks for sharing, and I look forward to cooking with you!

  2. Jan Olsen says

    Just downloaded your book on my Kindle and love, love, love it. Thanks! I need to get a hard copy so I can do some cooking.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Wonderful, Joumana – thank you. Unfortunately, not at this time.

  3. D.M.D says

    I haven’t had a good read that moved me in a long time and made me wish I didn’t read it in two days. Only because I wanted to read more and more. Although a very different experience of family trials and heritage from yours. You spoke pieces of my own journey to culinary school and moving around, seeking solace, fond food memories of my childhood, healing, and forgiveness. Thank you!

    • Sasha Martin says

      I’ve done that with books before – namely The Glass Castle. So, so good. Thank you for reading.

  4. Connie says

    I downloaded your audio book from our local library. WOW! I am so grateful you managed your difficult life journey to get to the point where you could write this book. Did I mention inspiring? Did I mention the palpable love that you seem to put into your culinary creations? Did I mention that I could almost taste your food through your amazing descriptions? Fantastic book!

  5. Joy says

    This sounds a bit creepy as I emailed Sasha as soon as I read the book once. But I’ve now read it twice! Love this book and wish you the very best with it.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Not creepy at all. Thank you for your support. Hugs to you, Joy.

  6. Joy says

    I started reading your book on Friday 4/10 and just finished it this morning, 4/14-I had so much trouble putting it down. The book is beautifully written and I so appreciate you being willing to share your life thus far so openly. I, too had a difficult childhood and I understand that need for peace and trying to learn how to live and not wait for the other shoe to drop. I applaud your willingness to share it and your families willingness for their stories to be told, at least in part, as well. My husband and I love to cook and try new things so I can’t wait to check out some of your recipes.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Happy cooking – working your way through the countries really is a wonderful walking meditation.

  7. Rene Marie Foust says

    I just finished reading your book and I have to say it rates as one of my most favorite reads ever. I loved every page and every story it presented. I found myself living each moment with you and relating to much of what you write about. I am so happy that you wrote the book and shared your deepest thoughts and emotions. I cant wait to but a few more copies and share them with my friends…I am not going to part with my copy but I know they will love it as much as I do. Now its time for me to try out some of your worldly recipes, you have given me the courage to enter into an international grocery store. I have seen these places and have always been too afraid to enter but after reading your story I have the courage and desire to push past my fear and walk in. I cant wait to see what awesome things I discover. Thanks again for your courage.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Go forth boldly into those stores – you’re going to have a blast!!! Thank you for your love and support. Peace to you.

  8. Just finished your book a few days ago. I had pre-ordered it and was blown away by it. When I first read a few lines in pre-ordering it, I thought how lovely to read. I was so moved I cried and laughed and enjoyed it so much. I am still working on processing all that I read. I cannot thank you enough for your openess to share your experiences with us. I have been helping women coming out of childhood pain for over 29 years. I will be adding your book to my list of books to share. I love the blog. I have been cooking recipes from different countries for years. My daughter and I would go to the Chinese markets when there we only a few here in Houston. We markets from all over world all over the place now. I laugh when I see things fried with panko. I bought them in the early 80’s. Again, I thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you for letting my life into your heart. You are a gift to those women. Thank you for the work you do.

  9. Carol Frascino says

    I have just retired from work yesterday and found myself surrounded by a stack of fifteen books, waiting to be opened. I started reading yours, as I love anything to do with food and traveling and other cultures. Your book has moved and inspired me so much, I will sit here and read it, savoring it, and all else will fall by the wayside!! As this is a library copy, I will need to purchase my own, as I want to try all your recipes. I have travelled to many countries but admittedly, was timid to try some local foods. Now I can travel around the world thanks to you and have fun cooking all these interesting dishes. Thank you for sharing your family story. The grace with which you write your heartfelt memories will stay with me long after I read the last page.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you for reading and caring. Congratulations on your retirement.

  10. Cole says

    I just read your story in Food & Wine, very inspirational! I have purchased your book from Amazon. The mini video on Amazon is a great introduction to your book.

    • Sasha Martin says

      Glad you enjoyed the story and the book trailer, Cole. I wanted to make sure readers really knew what the book was about before they purchased.

  11. deb says

    Just found your site. I read the Welcome after searching the recipes. What a wonderful gift to have given your daughter all by her 5th birthday. I look forward to reading your book and exploring your website some more. Thank you… deb

  12. MaryB says

    You are a truly gifted writer and wise beyond your years!
    “Life from Scratch” is one of the best books I have ever read!
    Thank you!!!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Hi Mary – your words and the sentiment behind them are humbling. Thank you.

  13. Joanne says

    Just started reading your book. What an awesome, bittersweet work. I had to stop and copy the recipes. Now, I’m not only good to go on some baking projects, I’m reading to begin where I left off on this wonderful memoir.

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