“First we eat, then we do everything else.” – M.F.K Fisher
Sit down to a table in any country and you’ll see that everyone has their own way of expressing their reverence for eating together. A favorite of mine is,
“Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.”
Though most food traditions or expressions don’t convey food’s singular importance. Fisher manages it with pith, and still conveys that same feeling. That same importance.
But why is food, and everything that comes with it, so captivating? The answer is not so easy or narrow. Nor should it be. Like some of the best things in life, the answer is too wide for any one of us to hold in our hands. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to grasp it.
My wife and I grew up in households with respect and curiosity for food. While we both revel in this shared enthusiasm, we approach it from different perspectives. My wife loves to bake and dig through food’s vast history. I, on the other hand, am a savory cook who found a closer bond to food through art and literature.
For years we’ve worked with food, read about it, and traveled for it. Yet neither of us are exhausted by it. It remains compelling, entertaining, and of course, satisfying. Which is why we’ve created this space to share stories, recipes, essays, adventures, and other discoveries in hopes that we might celebrate and better understand something that unifies us all.
The moments when we feel nearest to our friends and family is when we can sit, eat, drink, and talk, at the table.
Sweet & Savory