If I were to believe in creationism
, I would say that eating is God's gift to all.
we can all agree on a well-crafted meal. Food is an artform
, the cook has
the power to influence
all at his table - unknowing, he manipulates
, which are at other times so well disguised.
He makes them feel pleasure and pain,
the bitterness of dark chocolate and the lofty creme...
If skilled, he leads them through a serenade of emotions appropriate to the occasion.
It is wise to incorporate minimalism in ones cooking, for
no one likes the feeling of fullness. Less common themes are spice
and relief, in which one serves food that is incredibly spicy,
so spicy that tears begin to form - then a light dessert of chocolate is served.
If that strikes as masochistic, one should consider the
playful meal. A light soup is followed by some airy courses
(sprouts in sauce, etc.) and finished by an airy
The most neglected part of all in the west is presentation.
only taste as good as it looks, when arranging, achieve
harmony on the table, don't crowd the area around the
eater. Make your food look most appealing, if you have a soup,
make something float on the top. It is
often to the cook's advantage to serve many smaller meals, as no emphasis is put on one thing.
Your food is your language and your touch in one. Use it as such.