Mother's food and pluralism

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Growing up in a small town, my world was walled in with a limited perspective. My mother’s
food was the best in the world, no one on the earth can cook better than my mother…. to even think
someone else’s food was ok sounded like betrayal.  Finally, I ended up working for Food Craft Institute, where we trained students to
be chefs, waiters, housekeepers, receptionists, canners and Bakers.

Thank God for that job – every day our students prepared the best of foods from
around the world with over 150 different menu items – you name it, French,
German, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern, British, American
and of course Indian. Then I was in Saudi Arabia, and on our campus we had 10
major dining facilities including Turkish, Filipino, Korean, Indonesian,
Somali, Indian, Arab and of course American.  I am pleased with my tasted bud; it’s my buddy
and enjoys all the great foods.

I learned that my Mother’s food will always be home to me, meaning, I would
crave for it any time and all the times, but my horizons expanded and inclusion
of other enjoyable foods became part of my repertoire.

Thus the idea of Pluralism in food came about. It’s about de-limiting, and
it is about removing barriers toward different foods. We should be able to enjoy
every food that is out there, of course with personal and societal restrictions
– like I cannot eat cheese due to lactose intolerance and pork due to my religious

Ha, I am disappointed in myself, I thought I was accepting of God’s creation in
its full glory – but my body is not pluralistic – it’s intolerant towards Cheese
that I love, but cannot eat.  I am glad
to be imperfect.

What about you?

Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a
writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work
place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers
pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at He believes in
Standing up for others
and a book with the same title is coming up. Mike has a strong presence on
national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on
Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to
the Texas Faith Column at Dallas
Morning News
; fortnightly at Huffington post; and
several other periodicals across the world. His personal site indexes all his work
through many links. 

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