Food: A Postcard from the Past
Published on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 9:49am
Last night I read this passage from To Eat by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd:
"Another value of preparing a meal, seldom commented on, is that it can contain the memory of a particularly happy experience and thus be a postcard one sent to oneself long ago and only just rediscovered."
As I read this, I thought back to the first time I ate gazpacho while on a trip to France... or times when a friend at work surprised me with a juicy pear from the market or a jar of expensive almond butter... or memories of learning to cook as a young adult and the power that gave me to connect with others and make new friends.
Eck and Winterrowd, partners as well as co-authors, steep this very practical gardening book in those kinds of memories, sharing useful tips about growing everything from apples to pigs while also evoking the stories and relationships surrounding each food. At a time when we tend to move too fast to stop and appreciate food and the people we are eating it with, books like this can help us to pause and make those connections again.