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Innovative Health - Volume 5 • Issue 3
BY EMILY J MCCORKELL
People didn’t care who was next
to them, or who they were buying
food from. Food broke down a lot
of barriers that divided people.
But it does more than simply break
Food is the delicious mortar that
binds individuals and societies
together, masking the jagged
edges and sharp corners for
the time that is spent sharing,
laughing, and enjoying food
together. It has the power to blend
harsh edges and join strangers
and loners in a momentary eclipse
of their realities, into friends and
family even if for the short duration
of a meal.
Food doesn’t simply help mend
the current and future cracks.
Food tells a story. This is food
anthropology: the face and
identity of a culture – how a culture
has survived, evolved through
time, and continues to shape old-fashioned
and modern techniques
into distinct flavors. Food is a
cultural vehicle for engagement.
“The human trait of sharing food
is exclusive to its species. Humans
relate to food in a way that is
unique to mankind. We do not
simply feed.” These wise words
were written by Gina M. Almerico
of the University of Tampa. The
creativity of cooking is the passion;
the consumption of the meal is the
If you have been following
my articles here in Innovative
Health Magazine, you will
know I’m not a native to Derry-
Londonderry, Northern Ireland,
where I now live, cook, and eat.
Derry is a city that has struggled
with the conflicts between
Irish and British, Catholics and
Protestants, for hundreds of years.
And in way it it is a similarities with
Flint, Michigan – not only social
tensions but economic downturns
that affect daily life.
I moved from America in 2005.
Derry has been a big transition
for me. It has opened my
eyes to tensions and
conflicts here in Derry that
have been long eclipsed
by louder news stories
elsewhere in the world.
But I now know that the
fractures and distances
between cultures and
classes are heavily felt by a
city that is so welcoming to
I began to see something
interesting happening at