I truly believe that food is love, in one of the many forms that love takes. How loving, to plan and prepare a meal for others, whether at home or in a restaurant. We can give love to strangers, as well as to our families, friends and ourselves. If the meal is for those we know, then the meal also becomes the launching pad for the human interaction it begets, spreading yet more love. Novelist Henry Miller used to kiss himself all over after he had a good meal; and, as Primo says in Big Night, “After you have eaten Timpano, you have got to kill yourself! You have got to kill yourself, because nothing else will be that good. . . . To eat good food is to know God.” The Lord didn’t multiply the loaves and fishes, and turn water into wine, for no reason. He always has a most loving and merciful reason.
I'm currently house/dog sitting for a couple away on their honeymoon - and staying at their house is really schooling me in how different everyone's treatment of food is. They don't have multiple pots and pans, or baking trays. Their cupboard is stocked with 2-minute noodles and potato chips. This is an adult couple who've been together for years, and still they eat out almost every night. Do they love and appreciate food? Absolutely. But do they cook? barely. And it really makes it feel less of a home and more just a house.
I look at food as a passion, a hobby. If you don't enjoy it, cooking it, eating it, then I feel that passion is lacking for you, I really do.
What a great gig, house- and dog-sitting! I am happy for you; and what a great observation about their larder: “makes it feel less like a home and more like just a house.” I’ve always liked the way you write. Recently a truly great poster deleted her account, so we need to retain the few good wordsmiths we still have. Full disclosure: I don’t cook because I’m still looking for my wife, and cooking for one feels like a chore; but cooking for 2 or more is a joy. My ‘fridge, however, is stuffed with food prepared by a former Four Seasons Hotel chef😊 Not a Ramen Noodle in sight, and his garlic potato chips are homemade.
PS I just saw that you’re 1 post away from a milestone. I know you’ll make it a topic to remember. Maybe something about passion? The world never has enough of that!
Lol I don't think the quantity of posts equals a milestone, but thanks. I appreciate your posts also. And I'm absolutely jealous of your access to chef-made food, especially homemade garlic potato chips.
I live alone, so I make simple but good food on the regular and, like you, prefer to take more care and effort when it comes to preparing meals for people as opposed to person. I think it's just easier and kind of healthier to live that way. But I always use fresh ingredients and try to mix it up from time to time, to keep my skills intact. Like, fresh pasta from time to time is a great every so often thing to make.