The World Map of Recipes was created in September 2020, as part of Congregation Beth Chaim’s recently assembled Racial Justice Task Force. The aim is to promote anti-racism, in addition to a 23-day challenge to increase awareness, and possibly change habits and perception.
“We wanted to encourage people to learn more about others’ cultures. One of the best ways to do this is through food. I have no previous map making experience. I searched different maps with the ability to add pins of different colors in order to differentiate between recipes with meat/fowl/fish from those of vegetarian or vegan ingredients. Most of those I found were based on PowerPoint, which wouldn’t work for us. I found ZeeMaps, and was able to try it for free.” – World Map for Recipes creator Lori Watson
Try recipes from all over the world
Lori wanted to bring people together over food, and ZeeMaps software allowed her to create the World Map of Recipes below.
The World Map of Recipes has clickable map locations which feature a brief recipe description and link. These are the categories for each of the map points:
- Meat, Fish, or Poultry
The map started with recipes from Africa and African Americans from the southern United States. Then it expanded to include recipes similar to those from an elementary school PTA cookbook, as we live in a multicultural neighborhood. After that, a few from other countries. Then the Beth Chaim Racial Justice Task Force was solicited, for their critiques and suggestions.
Later, the recipe links embracing ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of Jews throughout the world were added.
Some of the reactions were:
“This is fabulous! Good find!”
“… an amazing job with this project.”
” Love it…. I wholeheartedly agree that a culture’s food and eating norms of a group says a lot about them… and nothing brings people together better than sharing a meal together.”
“…this is excellent and useful. Thank you for sharing.”
To submit your own entry to the World Map of Recipes, visit https://www.bethchaim.org/racialjustice
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