We all love meatballs. They evoke memories of our grandmothers’ kitchens, of family dinners, and of holidays. Meatballs have a charming quality. The humble, misshapen rounds are quaint, delightful, and mysterious. Meatballs feel definitively handmade, a mark of time and love.
The meatball is more than a round ball of meat. On our wide planet they are made with meats, fish, grains, vegetables, and legumes. Their names shine with possibility: albondigas, bitki, frikkadel, kefta, kofta, kufteh, kotlecky, klopsiki, pulpety, polpetes ….
The meatball has range and is not as homely as we may think. In cultures where meat has historically ...