Celebrating Mothers, Celebrating Food

You know what I love most about food? The fact that it unites people from all over the world.

I mean, we all have to eat right?

But it is more than just the fact that we need to eat in order to survive.

If you visit India, you will catch a grandmother bake a simple piece of paratha with Printthe precision and know-how that has been passed down generation to generation.

And you may experience the same fascination watching a friend make a family dish, whether the kitchen is in New York, Los Angeles or Rio.

We are united in our love of food.

And I do not know about you, but when I cook, I always think of my mother (and grandmother).

My Mom was the very first to bring me into the kitchen and to spark an appreciation of just how special each ingredient is. At the age of 6, she had already signed me up for cooking classes! Without my Mom, it is safe to say that I probably would not have developed a passion for plant-based eating.

For me, food will always remind me of my mother, just like my mother will always remind me of food.

And I am not alone.

So today let’s celebrate one thing that unites us all more than a delicious meal. Let’s celebrate our Mothers (through food!).

How Does the World Celebrate Mother’s Day?

Mom_iStock_000009052153_MediumIn the US (and Brazil!), Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday in May, which is today, May 8th.

And the concept is pretty much what you would expect –a special day set aside to celebrate the mothers and mother figures in our lives, and the impact that they have had on us throughout the years.

Mother’s Day is not a completely new concept – it has roots in both ancient Greek and Roman cultures, along with the early Christian church through a festival called “Mothering Sunday.”

Commemorated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, this festival was prominent in various parts of Europe as a time for Christians to return to the main “mother” church for service and eventually turned into a general celebration of all mothers.

And while the idea of honoring mothers is something that has existed for many years, the first Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and the celebration became an official US holiday in 1914.

And it is celebrated all around the world…

May-08_MothersDay_Illustrate2In India, a 10-day festival is held each October as a way to honor the goddess of mothers–Durga Puja. It is common for special food to be prepared and for children to visit their mothers.

In Ethiopia, moms are honored during the Antrosht festival, which occurs in early fall. Families gather together and share a meal in celebration.

And in Mexico, Mother’s Day always falls on May 10th. It is quite a large celebration, including a special mass, delicious foods and a time for children to honor their mothers and thank them for everything that they have done.

Notice the common thread? Food!

May-8_ShiitakeStroganoff_ChefRecipeBring Out the Food

What better way to celebrate a mother’s love than through food?

So take the opportunity to cook your mother a special (and healthful!) meal this Mother’s Day.

Looking for inspiration? Here is a delicious recipe for Shiitake Stroganoff, specially made for my mom!

And wherever you are, and however you choose to celebrate, remember to thank the mother figures in your life for all the support and love they have given you through the years–in the kitchen and beyond.