The Magic of Food

Time to confess that one of my true passions in life is food, and I mean everything about it. Besides my love for eating delicious foods, there are so many other aspects that make this one of my favorite pastimes.

Food does so much for us, like bringing us together during the holiday’s and giving us the opportunity to spend a Sunday with our fellow church members. Taking a trip over to Grandma’s house usually means a enormous home cooked meal. When the in-laws extend an invite it most often entails a spread befitting a king. Trying to impress a new girlfriend, that usually involves a reservation at one of the finer dining establishments.

I could just go on and on about all the things in life that revolve around food and how it has been a part of just about every important milestone in my life. For example, the nice dinner cooked by my Mother after high school graduation or the amazing Italian restaurant I was treated to by my family and friends after completing my bachelor’s degree. Food often makes moments unforgettable and the conversations and laughs shared around a table can make an occasion that much more memorable.

While I was reminiscing the other day about my late grandfather, I couldn’t help but think of some of his favorite meals. I remembered us sharing them together and while not delicacies, it was what he liked. It was truly enjoying the moment together and knowing that the company along with the food made the moment complete. Too often we may think of great meals being those at 5 star restaurants or prepared by celebrity chefs, but I have another take on it. Some of the most important meals in my life have been those with friends and family that didn’t involve having to take out a second mortgage to pay for it.

As most of us get older I think we become a bit more nostalgic about life in general. Remembering all the special moments that lefts such a lasting impression on us over the years. Still to this day, my Mom can make the most simplest of dishes and it tastes like heaven. Those meals always bring me back to my childhood and what a better way to be brought back in time.

I’ve found that geography plays a big part in the meals most loved by people. For example, people in the northeast tend to be big fans of brown bread and sauerkraut. Folks from New York City really love homemade pasta and great pizza–having lived in New York City, I can attest that they know what they are doing in that department! If you head south, you’ll find that seafood is usually on the menu and most often it’s very, very fresh. Then if you head to the Midwest, steak and potato’s will be at the heart of everyone’s mind. Then there is the southwest, where I was raised and learned to appreciate some of the finest Mexican food around.

There is so much more about food that makes it wonderful, but I couldn’t include them all in one article. The true magic of food includes tradition, passion and love for family. It is an area one’s life that can always be improved. There is no one person that knows everything about food and that is what makes it magical. That is what makes food mysterious to so many and peaks our interests when we travel to far away places. So I hope that we all remember that the magic food brings in our lives means so much more than how good it tastes, but more of what experiences it allows us to experience in our lives.

Nathan Taylor

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