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What Is A Recipe That Speaks To Your Identity?

Food does more than just sustain us. It helps define who we are.

Food plays an integral role in cultures and societies around the world. Recipes are more than just sustenance: they are passed down from generation to generation and they reflect our identities.


So we want to know, what are the dishes or recipes that connect you to your ancestors, speak to your identity, and remind you of home?

Mindy Kaling and Kamala Harris cooking together.
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Perhaps you're the child of first-generation Korean immigrants, and your ultimate comfort food is the recipe for scallion pancakes your mother taught you as a child.

Or maybe you're an Ashkenazi Jewish American and you still make the same kreplach recipe that your great-grandparents brought with them when they fled from Poland before World War II.

Maybe you associate childhood with your grandmother's famous ackee and saltfish recipe that she learned growing up in Jamaica.

Or perhaps your family comes from Cuba and you make platanos madurosos (sweet fried plantains) as a side dish for every special occasion.

So tell us: what dish or recipe speaks to your identity and connects you to your culture, religion, ethnicity, or history? Tell us in the comments below and drop us a recipe link. And if you have photos, upload them in the dropbox. You might be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post or video.