It wasn’t until a few years ago that I truly came to appreciate turcos, the tiny turnovers my grandma labors over every holiday season stuffed with thrice-cooked pork, raisins, and nuts. As cinnamon and anise waft through that sweltering South Texas kitchen, my mom, her sisters and cousin still try to sneak a fresh turc (as they lovingly call these pockets) straight off the sheet pan. “Only eat the ugly ones!” my grandma always yells. See, she stashes all of her perfectly roped empanadas for the big parties, a far cry from how they were originally eaten.
The World In A Pocket is devoted to exploring the visual world of pocket foods, you know, food-inside-of-food, from the stories to the recipes, origins to modern-day adaptations. From dumplings to empanadas, spanakopita to gyoza, or pierogis to pop tarts, this is our love letter to pockets worldwide + the stories they tell.