Photograph by Matthieu Paley for National Geographic
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Women returning from getting wood for cooking and heating and hay to feed their livestock, a two hour walk.
Photograph by Matthieu Paley for National Geographic

In Northern Pakistan, Women Travel Far to Gather the Feast

A two-hour trek across a rickety hanging bridge is just the first step to cooking dinner in northern Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, where subsistence farming is the norm. Burusho women make this daily journey together for firewood in order to cook foods like chapati or pasta with dried apricots. For them, it’s worth the effort, because dinner is an important ritual and a time for their their families to come together.

As part of our Future of Food series, photographer Matthieu Paley went to eight remote parts of the world documenting the evolution of diet.  Our video team captured his NG Live lectures about this work in a series of videos.

Watch as Paley is shown up by a grandma, puts rock salt instead of sugar cubes in his tea, and learns about the health benefits of sea buckthorn berries.

We Are What We Eat: Pakistan