Where the World Begins

Tagong, Tibet

The world begins at a kitchen table.
No matter what,
we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on…

Deep South, USA

…We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.
It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women…

Budapest, Hungary

…At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.
Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table…

Macedonia, Yugoslavia

…This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.
Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory…

Perugia, Italy

…We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our
parents for burial here.
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks…

Monsoons, Indonesia

… Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the
Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.


“Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.
We discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.”
– Eugene Thomson

Karelia, Russia

“Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.”
-Alfred Hitchcock

Flechtingen, Germany

“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”
-Barbara Costikyan

Santiago de Cuba

“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table”.

Moscow, Russia
Macedonia, Yugoslavia

“The kitchen is where you put all the ingredients together. No matter what you do in life, you have to have a
plan and put it together.”
-Yo Gotti

Pagman, Afghanistan

“Cooking is one of the strongest ceremonies for life.”
-Laura Esquivel


“Everything happens in the kitchen.
Life happens in the kitchen.”
-Andrew Zimmern

Beirut, Lebanon
Nouakchatt, Mauritania

“The kitchen is a place of adventure and entirely fun, not drudgery. I can’t think of anything better to do with family and friends than to be together to create something.”
-Ted Allen

Rangoon, Burma

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16 replies on “Where the World Begins”

I loved the picture of Santiago de Cuba. This was one of several cities I visited in Cuba during my March 2019 Road Scholar trip to Cuba. My roommate and I loved jazz, so one evening we went to the Iris Club ( Club de Iris) and enjoyed some wonderful jazz in this Afro- Caribbean city!!!

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