Food is a big part of culture and looking into the type of food and the way the food is prepared and eaten is something that anthropologists and historians have always taken great care in. The way human beings handle food is fascinating and varies depending on ethnicity and region. In African and Middle Eastern countries, food is prepared and injested as a group activity. This often means food is served on large plates with many hands dipping in and out of the plate. This is in stark contrast to how food is eaten in Western Countries.
Over this last Thanksgiving break, I was lucky enough to puruse my home city of Minneapolis for African and Arab eats as well as having my mother prepare some herself. Here, I’ll display some examples of African and Arab eating traditions through the photos I took.