Fishcakes and Madeleines

Submitted by John on Sun, 12/04/2011 - 17:20

I think a few words are in order about what it means to me to be a foodie. After all, if you consider yourself a foodie and I claim to be a foodie, then we have expectations of what the word means and what we expect of each other's foodie thoughts.  

Appreciating food isn't only about how it tastes or how it's made or whether the ingredients are locally-grown and organic; appreciating food includes the circumstances under which you appreciate it. Food should do more than keep body and soul together, it should nourish the soul as well as the body.

Here's an example: a breakfast of fishcakes and beans at a diner can be excellent or awful with almost no concern for the quality of either the fishcakes or the beans depending on your diner experience. Some diners are quirky and charming, evoking feelings without trying to manufacture them. Others are phony from the new chrome exterior to the fake juke box in the corner. My breakfast might have come right off the Sysco truck in both cases, but the settings can make all the difference.

When Proust fell into a reverie over his madeleine before writing his masterwork, he wasn't at a Dunkin' Donuts!

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