The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift.
I come from a coffee-loving family, and you can always tell when my sister and I have been around, because both of us collect all the dead coffee from everyone's morning cup, pour it over ice, and drink it. This is a disgusting habit.
No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers.
We know that without food we would die. Without fellowship, life is not worth living.
As everyone knows, there is only one way to fry chicken correctly. Unfortunately, most people think their method is best, but most people are wrong. Mine is the only right way, and on this subject I feel almost evangelical.
The fact is that modern life has deprived us of life's one great luxury: time.
We need time to defuse, to contemplate. Just as in sleep our brains relax and give us dreams, so at some time in the day we need to disconnect, reconnect, and look around us.
Provision as much pure and organic food as you can, and let the rest go by.
The sharing of food is the basis of social life.
When it comes to cakes and puddings, savouries, bread and tea cakes, the English cannot be surpassed.
One of the delights of life is eating with friends; second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.
Certainly, cooking for oneself reveals man at his weirdest.
Cooking is like anything else: some people have an inborn talent for it. Some become expert by practicing, and some learn from books.
I myself am not particularly interested in restaurant cooking. I don't really want to learn how to make a napoleon. I'd much rather learn how to make a very good lemon cake, which you can make in your own home. I like plain, old-fashioned home food.
It is not just the Great Works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.
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