Ermelinda Ayme cooks empanadas for her children in the family's earthen kitchen house in the village of Tingo, central Andes, Ecuador. (From a photographic gallery of kitchen images, in Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, p. 55) Husband Orlando slices onions to help his wife, an unusual task for a village man to undertake in Ecuador. Although the kitchens in these images are wildly different in location and appearance, all of them form the center of a home, even if only temporarily. Kitchens are where families take care of themselves. Cooking is a fundamental task that women, throughout the ages, have undertaken. Ermelinda Ayme is also one of the 80 people featured with one day's food in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.
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