This is so it! You should make this comment into an article. I learned how to cook foods from other cultures by eating at their table and trying to deconstruct the deliciousness in my mouth. Inevitably I would make a substandard version and then someone's mama would take pity on me and let me help them while they made it.
Cooking is such an act of love, and it is so relational. Thank you for reading and for sharing your experiences.