I understand how people for whom food preparation is a profession could sometimes forget the meaning of food to the rest of us, the non-professionals.
Plato's philosophical works about Democracy were written around the dinner table. The "Symposium" is a great example of that. This is a book that deals as much with western values about Democracy as personal issues such as homosexuality. In the same book we also get some good descriptions of ancient Greek recipes and plate presentation. Food has been inspiring to many people in so many ways. My best memories from my youth are related to some type of eating event. Easter, Christmas, hunting and fishing expeditions became complete with the preparation of and reached their climax around the TRAPEZI (eating table). Friendships of my youth, either from college or the army, were cemented with good wine ("In Wine Lies The Truth"-ancient Latin proverb) around a great dinner. Betrayals of love in my youth were dealt with around the dinner table in the company of friends who cared enough to listen and be there for me. Personal, political and philosophical opinions and beliefs were formed and strengethened around the dinner table. Even the loss of loved ones who passed away was dealt with around a feast. In my travels, I learned about cultures and their people from eating with them. It is as if food, in its social prespective, opens hearts and minds to new experiences and emotions.
Now you may understand better what being a Foodie really means to me.
"Olio nuovo e vino vecchio"