July 26, 2014 7:57 AM   Subscribe

"In peace or war, the ultimate refuge—the sanctuary of all that is humane—lies distilled within the warmth of the kitchen." Journalist Paul Salopek pauses in the middle of his 21,000-mile Out of Eden Walk from Africa to South America -- Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego -- to reflect on the food shared with him during his time in Israel and Palestine. "Watching the women of Nablus move briskly, efficiently, purposefully about their tasks, chatting, often joking (about men, politics, life), I am reminded of all the meals that admitted me briefly into the conflicted lives of Israelis and Palestinians."

Also check out this recent NPR Morning Edition story, "Amid A 'Shimmering' Tension, A Walk Through Israel And The West Bank" --
Not long ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek traveled through Israel and the West Bank as part of his journey walking from Africa to South America. He was there this spring, before the current violence erupted. Talking recently from Cyprus to Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, he says the long-standing conflict was part of daily life.
Follow Paul's journey: Previously on MeFi (Dec 2012): Out of Eden: The Walk.
posted by Celsius1414 (1 comment total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Eaters gonna eat.

(This is great. Food is love.)
posted by chavenet at 8:12 AM on July 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

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