What is Food? What Does it Represent?


Now we are getting somewhere! Ok, perhaps now not. In the strictest dictionary definition of the word, any substance that offers electricity is food. By that definition, a Twinkie is meals, even though I doubt few here could agree, myself protected. So what’s food surely?


Food, to me, is one of the maximum crucial elements of truly living, and I do not mean that sincerely as it’s a requirement to keep from losing away. Frankly, I love meals. I don’t suggest that inside the “I love to consume” feel, even though I love to consume, it is deeper than the mere act of consuming. I really love food – the aromas, the textures, the flavors, the camaraderie. In fact, while I understand that no longer every person is a foodie, it amazes me that human beings may be so blase on the subject of what they put into their bodies. What you placed into your body turns into your body.

Ok, so let’s return to camaraderie. Or socializing. Call it what you will; however, it is one of the most vital aspects of eating. Humans have the awesome privilege of being the simplest animal that doesn’t, in reality, eat, however “dines.” Dining is extra than absolutely stuffing meals down one’s gullet and transferring on. Dining is a part of the revel in of meals. “Breaking bread” with different human beings has been a part of the human enjoy because of time immortal. When a tribal hunting birthday celebration brings domestic an animal, the hunter that killed the beast (or the person providing the arrow relying on the subculture) doles out the beef. Eating will become a pageant of sharing. Today, I feed you; I may additionally need you to feed me for the following day. Think of any gathering of the circle of relatives or buddies. I bet nearly whenever you accumulate with others for a terrific time; there is food involved. The act of cooking for someone else is an act of affection and respect. To acquire food cooked by way of another shows that they have got difficulty in your properly-being.

If you doubt me, think of people’s emotions in the direction of those who hoard their meals. Or humans that refuse to devour different people’s meals. The emotions attached to meals and food supply are why I will usually sacrifice my eating regimen when a person places in attempts to cook dinner for me. If I go to my mom’s and she or he cooks spaghetti, I consume it. I might not constantly need to devour it. However, the social aspect is more important than the meals in that scenario. Rejecting something that a person placed the electricity into making for you is usually considered an insult if you do not have an allergic reaction to said food. It isn’t honestly a rejection of the meals; it’s miles a rejection of the man or woman.

Unfortunately, the US subculture places little emphasis on food. Largely, food is not anything more than presenting gas. Few people right here experience meals within the manner that the French or Italians revel in food, as something extra than some combination of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Perhaps I should say that the emphasis we do vicinity on food is of the wrong type. As a culture, we hate meals. It’s simply something required to stay alive, or even then, we cannot agree on what meals to devour. We’ve allowed agencies to decide “what’s meals” and appear to have forgotten the maximum fundamental task of nourishing ourselves. The problem with that is that organizations have a little issue with your well-being, except it, one way or the other, positively affects their backside lines. Why allow a person to feed you that does not care approximately you like someone?


The word “soul meals” continues getting into my head whilst penning this. Those two little words say a bargain. Think approximately it…”soul food.” Food in your soul. It’s extra than mere nourishment. While maximum “soul food” isn’t always the maximum healthy fare, it emphasizes dining, sharing, and the network placed into the food. It’s something given from one to another to provide more than simply electricity. That’s food to me. To spend an hour or extra of a while to cook dinner for every other is pretty an expression. It each shows and adds to the price of a courting.

To surely experience a culture, you truly should revel in its food. In college, I took a Spring Break experience in Cancun, Mexico. Off the top of my head, my food was largely eaten at Outback Steakhouse, Hard Rock Cafe, Subway, McDonald’s, and whatever different US-based totally chains we got here across. Obviously, at age 20, I wasn’t there to enjoy the area’s gastronomy (allow’s be frank, I changed into there to drink tequila and birthday celebration). For my honeymoon, I went to Acapulco, Mexico, and in reality, got out and ate at some of the nearby restaurants, clearly experiencing Mexican delicacies. Both journeys were awesome in their own manner. But from the point of view of cultural revel in, Acapulco becomes a lot higher, the reality that I become in Cancun in large part being irrelevant aside from the drinking age and the pores and skin shade of the employees. It wasn’t solely the meals, but that may be a predominant part of it.

Some might imagine that I’ve just become the act of consuming into something that it is not. But it is handiest within the past half-century, or so that food has taken at the position of mere fuel. It’s only because the commercial complex started out cooking for us that ingesting has been an “at the run” affair. When we’re too busy to nourish our bodies properly, times are bad for certain. Other cultures – for instance, Mexico, Italy, and Argentina – vicinity a totally most important emphasis on socializing during meals. Long lunches, more than one route dinners, complex dishes organized lovingly by way of a mother for hours, all shared with the immediate and extended circle of relatives and pals. June Cleaver in no way allows a display give up without making sure Wally and Beaver have been properly fed. Food creates a family and a network.

While we don’t all have the delight of ingesting with others, you can nevertheless give your meals the attention they deserve by way of ingesting at a desk, not watching TV, no longer surfing the Internet, perhaps now not even analyzing an e-book. I’m responsible for doing other things even as consuming, though I am working on that. Food is and has to be, a revel in. Take the time to have fun with every chunk that you take. Take the smells and shades and textures. Put effort and time into your food; the time you positioned into getting ready appropriate meals for you and your family is an attempt you’re getting into caring for yourself and others. Ensure which you’re cooking flavorful, excessive first-class meals so that it is something to get excited about. If you cannot cook dinner, analyze. If you do not have the time, reprioritize. Why really eat when you can dine? So with all of that, I’ll give up by way of pronouncing “Respect Your Food. Respect Yourself.”

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Scott has posted two articles in “The Performance Menu, Journal of Health and Athletic Excellence.” The first article, posted in Issue 26 (March 2007), changed into titled “The Spice of Life” and explored the myriad health blessings of consisting of several common herbs and spices for your cooking. The 2nd article, “Absolutely Offal,” was posted in Issue 33 (October 2007) and explored recipes for cooking the most nutritious of meats, organ meats.