March 30, 2020 By Melanie Chambers
Preparing a lecture for my now-online Food Writing course, while eating graham crackers and cheese (a childhood comfort snack), I wondered how everyone else was feeling about food.
Are they scared about going to grocery stores?
Are they binge eating?
Who is cooking?
Who are they cooking with?
The heart of my course dissects the meaning of and our relationship with food. In the first class, we discussed how food goes beyond sustenance and nutrition; food is life and pleasure, ritual, and connection.
No one has said it better than the food essayist M.F.K. Fisher:
“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”