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Sitting down at a table and sharing a meal cooked by someone we love is something we can all relate to. Yet, it seems like more and more American meals are being eaten on the go. People eat their breakfasts while commuting, take lunches at their desks, and eat dinners in the comfort of their own beds.

Here to remind us of the beauty of cooking in our kitchens and sharing meals at our tables our loved ones is a photography project titled Heart of the Home. “

We were interested in creating a piece which gives viewers a glimpse into the private lives of real people around the world … We thought a good way of doing this would be to invite people to share a photograph of the place where they cook and eat, along with a few words about what the experience means to them,” Matt Lindley, a spokesperson for the project, told A Plus. “They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, and whoever ‘they’ are couldn’t be more right. The kitchen is where experiences are had and memories are made. It’s a place to cook, to eat, to connect, no matter where you are in the world.”

From Serbia to India to Australia, all of the participants felt a special connection to their kitchen, cooking, and eating. “It seems that the kitchen has a special place in the home as somewhere we can go to escape the fast-paced world outside, slow down, and connect with family and friends, somewhere unchangeable and dependable,” Lindley said.

The project certainly makes us want to sit down for a home-cooked meal with friends and family, but it also gives us a glimpse of cultures around the world. It shows that people around the world may not be as different from us as we may think.

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