…food is capable of feeding far more than a rumbling stomach. Food is life; our well-being demands it. Food is art and magic; it evokes emotion and colors memory, and in skilled hands, meals become greater than the sum of their ingredients. Food is self-evident; plucked right from the ground or vine or sea, its power to delight is immediate. Food is discovery; finding an untried spice or cuisine is for me like uncovering a new element. Food is evolution; how we interpret it remains ever fluid. Food is humanitarian: sharing it bridges cultures, making friends of strangers pleasantly surprised to learn how much common ground they ultimately share. ― Anthony Beal, Flavorful World
I know that I have intimately felt the truth behind each of the ways in which Anthony Beal describes food in this quote. At different times in my life — on a daily basis even — food means each of these different things to me. Yet, the idea of food as “art and magic” is what keeps me coming back to the kitchen time and time again — the ability to take simple ingredients and to combine them in such a way that they become something so much more.
Which idea resonates most with you (today)?
On Mondays I will be sharing some of my favorite words of wisdom about food, cooking, food writing, and coming together around the table. If you have suggestions for quotes to feature here, please let me know.