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Transcendental Gastronomy

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Funny how things happen. A very busy writing desk in recent days led to a full plate of catching up and to the realization, after staring at a blank page all day, that a fried brain could no longer produce much of a feast of words.

But there was the matter of our traditional Monday morning link to this Blog, posted on Facebook without fail week after week. A Food Mood quote (another tradition of ours) might do the trick, we thought, and proceeded to look for a worthy one. Then, this happened.

Profound words soon ignited the otherwise barely simmering brain: “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.” This gem of a quote was penned by French politician, lawyer and gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, in a masterpiece titled The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy.

Transcendental gastronomy. Worth repeating. Just two words, and yet don’t you instantly imagine all the layers of flavor, the intricacies of aroma, the nuances of texture, the time-stopping and life-transforming sensations of a gourmet meal? Or that one personal, simple dish that makes a long week’s work worth waiting for?

And so, with this particularly poignant Food Mood as a starting point, we now fill the remaining space on this page with five more tasty quotes to feed your imagination. And the deed is done, our weekly article dutifully produced and posted.

“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.” -Anthony Bourdain

“I’m pretty sure that eating chocolate keeps wrinkles away because I have never seen a 10 year old with a Hershey bar and crows feet.” -Amy Neftzger

“If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health.” -Shauna Niequist

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” -James Beard

“All wealth comes from Nature. Without it, there wouldn’t be any economics. The primary wealth is food, not money.” – Margaret Atwood

The primary wealth is food.