Monday, September 26, 2011

Passion, Sensuality, and Food

"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, from The Art of Eating 

"To be sensual, I think it to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of the bread."~ James Arthur Baldwin 

There are many types of people in this world who see food as simply fuel.  Something to not taste and nor savor.  Just to eat because they have to, or just have it because it's around, affordable (not that, affordability is entirely bad...But that's for another day, another topic), and quick.  

Then there are people that either know how to cook the food, want to enjoy the food and sensualize the taste of food.  What I mean by sensualize is to see, taste, smell, feel (with their fingers and/or their tongue), as well as on their palate.  

Do I think that food replaces sex?  Or sexual?  No.  
I think of it rather as a play of the senses.   While I am making this food, in a way, I am also making this for others.  The very act of making food is done with passion, sensuality and love.  I know that when I am truly focused on a dish nothing else really matters as long as the dish comes out the way I would like it to turn out...With the best expectations.  If not...Try and try again....Why?  Because I care.  

Sometimes the best dishes are those that take the most tender loving care....Even quick dishes take time from their preparation to the table.  Not everybody gets that.  One has to have the proper ingredients, measurements etc for the dish to come out the way that the cook and/or chef is pleased as well as the people consuming the food.  

Then again, not everybody gets that their meat or vegetable may come from a farm or a processing plant.  If one doesn't care about where there food comes from, how it gets there, why it starts from point A to point B then you can't necessarily care about your food.

Food is apart of security as a need...And love...As an expression.  Sensuality is part of the process of making the food...As well as eating it.  

Post inspired by Avflox

- Food posts to come soon!....I've been a bit behind due to the fact my life has a been a bit hectic at the moment - 


  1. Just cook with love for teh loves one and everything else will happen out of that:)

  2. Lovely thoughts. Thank you for visiting and becoming a follower. Look forward to hearing more from you.