At its best, food draws people together. Think of gathering at a table with friends and family -- or strangers, as in the case of restaurants that offer community seating.
It's also possible to cook, eat a delicious meal and learn about a culture at the same time. Which is what Manjuali Devi's cooking classes at Kalachandji's are about. Held in the Hare Krishna temple's community hall in Dallas, they're an opportunity to sample vegetarian Indian dishes and learn about the people who make them.