Food: Our Global Kitchen

Samantha Tancredi

There is more to food than what meets the eye. Like a five-tiered chocolate mousse cake, there are layers to what makes gastronomy its complete and whole self. From a sprouting seed to a fork hitting our lips, the production and consumption of food is complex with science, relationships, and emotion. It is worthy of exploration, and thus, our new series will highlight the study of food within public space. First on the list—Food: Our Global Kitchen.

This traveling exhibit, currently at The National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., dives into the ever-evolving world of global cuisine and culture. Through live demonstration kitchens, virtual cooking tables, and engaging dioramas, visitors experience the significance of food as it exists in past traditions and present celebrations.

You can step back in time to an ancient Aztec market for on-display artifacts and quickly jump ahead to the scent stations for some interactive education. The exhibit also examines the future of gastronomy and how our growing global population will change the way we produce sustainable and nourishing food for the masses. It is a thorough study of our bond to food and its important role in our lives.

If you are in the D.C. area, check out Food: Our Global Kitchen before it packs up its things on February 22nd and heads to its next destination.

Food: Our Global Kitchen is on loan from The American Museum of Natural History in New York.

National Geographic

Food: Our Global Kitchen © National Geographic

Test kitchen at Food: Our Global Kitchen © AMNH/D

Test kitchen at Food: Our Global Kitchen © AMNH/D