By Nina Terebessy ’11
Last week, she enjoyed a Bahrainian feast. This week, she is savoring traditional recipes from Bangladesh. For Sasha Foppiano Martin ’02, however, these culinary travels do not involve passports or airplanes. She is enjoying these meals from the comfort of her own kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she lives with her husband and 10-month-old daughter. Every Tuesday, Martin chooses a new country, researching its culture, traditions and cuisine. She assembles a list of recipes, and photographs the preparation of each meal for her blog titled “Global Table.” It is her goal to cook 195 meals from 195 countries…in 195 weeks.
Martin majored in French studies and English as an undergraduate at Wesleyan, and her thesis titled “The History of Artisan Bread Baking in France” combined her fascination with international studies and the culinary arts. She attended the Culinary Institute of America for a year following graduation, fine-tuning her skills in the kitchen. Martin is just beginning the quest to cook her way around the world, with 182 countries left.
To follow her journey, visit http://www.globaltableadventure.com.
Additionally, the May 2010 issue of Tulsa People features Martin ’02 and her quest, under the headline “Dining Around the World Without Leaving Tulsa.”