Like many immigrants I am a product of two cultures. I live in the United States but was raised in a Puerto Rican household. That cultural dichotomy can be difficult to navigate but the food I grew up eating helps keep me firmly in touch with my Latin-American heritage.
My mother and grandmother were the rulers of the kitchen as a kid and while they would admit to not being world class chefs, they had their specialties. I will on occasion try cooking a pork shoulder like my mother made with varying degrees of success but that hardly matters. The aromas have already anchored me securely to my Boricua roots.
This multimedia piece was produced for the “Coming to the Table” series from essay about good teacher qualities.