The Power of Food

by Cate on January 22, 2009

What draws me to food most is its ability to bring people together … whether it’s a simple meal or a full-blown celebration, breaking bread with family, friends and even strangers instantly puts everyone on the same playing field … and love, laughter, conversation, and emotions instantly fill the air.  Food marks the most important celebrations and moments in our lives, and likewise, the most mundane.  Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an afterschool treat or a an in-home movie night, food and memories are forever intertwined.  Any time you seek a little food solace, you need look no further than the writings of M.F.K. Fisher.  Like a soothing, warm embrace, it never fails to bring home what it’s all about.

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.  So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”
— M.F.K. Fisher

To that end, Sweetnicks will be on holiday for a bit while I celebrate food, security and love with my own family. But fear not, I will return on February 2 with new recipes, photos and more.  In the meantime, take a spin through the archives where tons of goodies and fond food memories await, and you can read some of my recent ramblings about guiltless Chicken Parmesan, an interview with Food Network star Aaron McCargo, Jr., Rachael Ray’s foray into the wedding biz,  and the Obama/Lincoln link.  Until then…

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Heidi / Savory Tv January 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Very true words, and I adore the Fisher quote! Have a wonderful time away.

Heidi / Savory Tvs last blog post..Ragu Bolognese with Mario Batali

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Nate January 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I just started reading “The Gastronomical Me” by MFKF and really enjoy her writing.

Have fun!

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Blond Duck January 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

Enjoy! You summed up my feelings of food perfectly! If only you could explain it to my hips…

Blond Ducks last blog post..Bluebonnets under the old oak tree

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kim/hormone-colored days January 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

MFK has been on my list of suggested reads for a long time now. Enjoy your break from the blog!

kim/hormone-colored dayss last blog post..Marketing mavens miss the point

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Chris February 1, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hope you’re having a great vacation! FYI – I linked to you over on my blog…for an award. ;)

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