Besides cooking from your own background/family place of origin, where do you head to around the globe in your cooking, most often? And why?
My background is Russian Jewish, although I can’t say that I cook a ton of that style of food. I certainly ate a lot of it growing up - mostly made by my immigrant grandparents, who babysat us, and made meals, while my parents worked.
I tend to go to Asia when I cook, whether that be Chinese, Thai, or lately also Korean and Vietnamese. Not the entire range of those cuisines, but certain go-to dishes. Why? I don’t entirely know. Partly because all my fam eats it more or less w/o complaint. Partly because I’ve found that I can simplify things and they still turn out ok (think protein/veg stir fries, thai curries with pre-bought paste, cold noodle salads if I bring the herbs and the fish sauce), and other cuisines I’ve tried don’t seem to react well to simplifications or shortcuts.