You say to-may-to, we say to-mah-to. In Spain, they say empanada; in India, samosa. Vast as the world sometimes seems, overlapping food traditions -- in the genres of, for example, meat-wrapped-in-dough or eggs-baked-with-vegetables -- suggest otherwise. No matter what hemisphere you inhabit, we'd wager that you crave some variant on the theme of warm broth when you're sick, some form of gooey sweets when you're heartbroken, and something cool and crisp at the height of summer.
So in the spirit of the Olympics, which launch this weekend in Russia, we've rounded up 23 recipes from across the globe that echo each other in form and in function. Challenge yourself to whip something up from every continent, or stage a mano-a-mano/tête-à-tête/?????? between lookalikes to determine your favorite. Go team!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).