What Kind of Cuisine Did You Grow Up With?

I am very lucky to have a lot of friends from all over the world. I used to eat dinner regularly with a group that included friends from southern India, Colombia, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. Oh, and the United States, too! I learned so much about cooking and eating in new ways from my friends, and I would also sometimes realize how different our home cooking was. Our snacks were different; our nostalgic memories of childhood Saturday breakfast were very different; we had grown up with different ideas of food and home cooking.

It made me curious about you, our readers: what kind of cooking did you grow up with, and do you feel like it's different from how you cook and eat now?

I grew up in a fairly health-conscious middle-class American family. It was a large family, so my mother did a lot of baking and cooking at home. We didn't eat a lot of prepared foods or fast food — as much out of frugality as out of health concerns. But we did have the occasional sugared cereal (quite a treat, those Golden Grahams) and we ate a lot of peanut butter and honey (on whole wheat bread) and yogurt stirred up with grape jam. We also ate a lot of homemade sloppy Joes, pizza, casseroles, and lasagna.

Those are the sorts of things that make me nostalgic for my own home cuisine. I feel like I still like to cook in a similar way, with plenty of pasta and comfort foods — hopefully simple food, well-made. But I have also added in a lot more vegetables and foods from other parts of the world.

What about you? What was your home cuisine, that you grew up with, and what sorts of things make you nostalgic for it? Do you still cook in the same way that you grew up, or have you departed from it?

Related: Kitchen Nostalgia: What Is the First Thing You Ever Cooked by Yourself?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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