“I believe that anyone who has become seriously interested in food and the art of cooking has had a moment like that: the one meal that made you realize that there was a LOT more to eating and cooking than you had previously known”
Absolutely! For me it was gyros at a restaurant in (I think) Clearwater, FL. Twenty three years ago, I was 18 and amazed that food could taste that good...sorry Mom! Cooking is one of my favorite things to do and though I have yet to make anything as good as those gyros, I love when people enjoy the fruits of my labor.
The ‘Gyro Revelation’ was a big thing for me, as well.
Then came the “Bulgogi and Kimchi and Chap Chae” revelation.
And the “Injera and Siga Wot” revelation.
The simple “Sweet and Sour Pork” revelation....(The first Chinese Food I ever had, was Egg Foo Young; it was my Dad’s favorite, after he had learned about Chinese food during his stint as a Marine in WWII, and after the war had been stationed in Californica.)
And don’t even ask about the first authentic Pizza restaurant that came into our neighborhood in the late 1950s; The pizzas they made were rectangular, with a very thin crust; haven’t had anything like it since. Their meatballs were wonderful, as well!
Food just goes on and on :-)
I love feeding people, too; and I really like watching people EAT.
It seems to me that people are never more Themselves, than when they are choosing, preparing, and eating their food.
One day a long time ago, a bunch of us were driving down from DC to the Outer Banks. Somewhere in Virginia, I saw a very tall, lanky Black gentleman walking in a field. He had a McDonald’s bag in one hand, and a burger in the other, and was eating the burger. Just something about his casual gait, and the occasional lift of his face to the sky, communicated to me ‘Perfect Contentment’ in the moment; and I’ve always remembered the scene.
Feeding people, and taking care over it, is very important. It’s a lot more than just ‘calories in/calories out’.
(As an aside: remembering this makes me wonder: why in the world do odd little ‘scenes’ like this stick in our minds for decades???)
Sometimes, I’ve heard Jacques Pepin on his television show say something like, “If we have to eat three times per day, isn’t it wonderful that God made it so enjoyable?”