Sasha Martin is a food blogger and author who set out to write about her ambitious project to cook a meal from every country in the world – 195 countries in 195 weeks, in alphabetical order by country, with a motto of bringing the world to your kitchen. In order to write her book about this endeavor she confronted harsh realities of her upbringing to how she got to this place in her life where she could succeed.
When author Sasha Martin was a little girl she lived in a small apartment in Boston with her mother and brother, Michael. Their father was not a part of their lives. Her mother’s creativity in the kitchen kept Sasha from knowing just how poor they were and instilled a love of cooking. Unfortunate events lead to the children going back and forth from their mother to a series of foster homes, each time a longer stay away. In the end, the legal system won out with guardianship granted to Patricia and Pierre; old friends of Sasha’s mother. Sasha was 10 and Michael was 12. Devastated to be separated from their mother, the children moved to Atlanta then Paris. Their mother stepped further away in a misguided attempt to have them bond with a new family. Two years later, something tragic happened to Michael, who suffered more than he could ever say. No one is the same again with a deeper divide opened between Sasha and her guardians.
Sasha returned to the United States to attend college and reunited with her mother. Tentative at first, it was Sasha who reached out, their relationship grew. So much happened to this family and to the legal guardians, more lives could have been irretrievably crushed. Cooking and the simple act of eating turned out to be a way to nurture, connect and heal. Her website Global Table Adventure invites you to cook the world, eat global and shop local.
This story is inspiring to me, a painful past remade into a bright future.