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Food for the Gods

As a foodlover, passable cook and picky eater, I have a noticed a change in the way food plays in our lives and in our culture. It has become more than one of life's great pleasures. It has become a signifier of style, too. “You are what you eat" says the supermodels. What you purchase in the supermarket or the items included in your grocery list are influenced by your favorite celebrity and their diet. Food defines your identity and lifestyle.

Television now is filled with reality shows about food and cooking. Every celebrity who can cook and spent some time in the kitchen has released a cookbook of their favorite if not original recipes. Cookbooks remain to be popular as ever. Even I have a favorite celebrity chef (who just happens to be goodlooking too).

Curtis Stone
We even have Junior Masterchefs who can whip up a souffle in 20 minutes. Kids are growing up wanting to be chefs and favoring organic food. We want our meat lean and cut precisely. We go to themed restaurants. We want specialized meals. We have become a society of stylist eaters.

I find that this new attitude towards food is a healthy sign that we are going back to the basics. A good meal is synonymous to a good time. When faced with a choice between chatting online or meeting friends for a late Friday dinner, I am glad that most people would rather choose the latter. And if the belief that eating and cooking together brings the family closer, then now is a good time to enjoy meal time with family and friends as we celebrate one of life’s most delicious creations – food.


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