A sovereign state is a political association with effective internal and external sovereignty over a geographic area and population which is not dependent on, or subject to, the power of any other power of state. While in abstract terms a sovereign state can exist without being recognised by other sovereign states, unrecognised states will often find it difficult to exercise full treaty-making powers and engage in diplomatic relations with other sovereign states.
This past week, Seattle was hit with a record breaking heat-wave. It was so hot that the only thing that could be done to keep myself from breaking into a restaurant and crawling into the walk-in freezer to was sit in front of a fan with my feet in a bowl of ice water. While I was sitting there contemplating my demise I thought about a lot of things. How much do I really know about the world? How much do I really know about food? What do the people of Angola eat? What about The Ivory Coast? What do they have for dinner? I came to the conclusion that although I feel pretty knowledgeable about a good number of different culture's cuisines there was so much more to learn. Something must be done to continue my culinary education.
With a loose timeline I plan on researching, planning, cooking, and blogging about a meal that tries to best represent each one of the 203 sovereign states (some debated but all recognized buy other sovereign nations, just perhaps not by the United States). Sure, it may take me 5 or 6 years but that just gives me more to look forward to. I'll be starting in alphabetical order. Next week my new obsession begins with Afghanistan.
The ever changing list of Sovereign States