On my way home from New York City this weekend, I saw an ad at one of the train stops for "Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture," an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. I wish I had seen the ad on my way to the city. I would have tried to get to the exhibit. But, it just gives me an excuse to head back into the city soon.

The exhibit “explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork” and attempts to answer some questions.

  • How does food reflect and influence culture and identity?
  • What’s the role of human ingenuity in shaping food — past, present, and future?
  • How does what we eat affect the planet? 
  • Why is the diversity of food important?
  • What’s the role of food in human health?
  • How does our sense of taste affect our food choices?

What will exhibit visitors be able to do at "Our Global Kitchen"? The website says there are “opportunities to taste seasonal treats in the working kitchen, cook a virtual meal, see rare artifacts from the museum's collection, and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history, visitors will examine the intersection of food, nature, culture, health, and history — and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.”

I'm telling you about the exhibit now before I have a chance to see it in case you're going to be in New York City anytime soon or live there and you aren't aware of it. The exhibit runs through Aug. 11, 2013, and while I'd love to go back up to the city very soon to see it, I may not get to it until the summer. 

Have you been through the "Our Global Kitchen" exhibit? Would you advise me to make the trip up to New York to see it?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

'Our Global Kitchen' exhibit in NYC explores food systems
The Our Global Kitchen exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, challenges visitors to consider food challenges.