food is a good window into any culture.
Every weekend in Denmark my host family and I spent time together sharing recipes and trying new dishes. They always put effort into making and presenting a meal, even if was just afternoon tea. For them, eating was socially significant: a time to take a break from one’s day and enjoy the company and conversation of others. I think we often overlook just how valuable a family dinner can be. Over the course of four months, I got them a little more used to peanut butter desserts, and they caused me to rethink the way Americans eat. It’s been hard to re-adjust to the less-than-baking-friendly atmosphere of college.