This thread is confusing me. I don't see much I recognize as philosophy except implied reactions to epicureanism and/or stoicism in several of the posts; but the philosophical thoughts are never made explicit. I certainly have no idea of what Ed or foodchef are getting at, and Mustaroad is just a tease.
Philosopheroffood is the exception in that she is specific about her references; and if that's not philosophy at least it's something. Her blog/website is darn good and worth reading.
Just as an offhand and obvious remark, the best veins of philosophy to mine for thoughts about food are aesthetics and ethics.
Food is more than merely about sustenance and/or self gratification; or at least it should be.
My first inclination is to approach the subject from a phenomenological perspective more than anything else. Please, no Being On Time references. Seriously. Throw in some Rogers/Maslow if you like as well.
Food preparation (comes before consumption) is about a lot of things, not just about self, it is -- or at least can be -- is also about love of others. Similarly, it can and should be an existential act. Learning and preparing food well is equally an exercise in creating a phenomenological artifact and an act of self-actualization and authenticity.
Consuming food can also be an act of sharing, and therefore of love -- with all of love's ramifications. If I take you to your favorite restaurant for your birthday, is that sustenance or self gratification? For most human beings, mother's milk was among our very first experiences with love and food remains powerfully evocative. Fail to understand and make use of that and your life is poorer.
For more on the interrelationship between food and love, read philosopheroffood's adventures with Noah.
Edited by boar_d_laze - 11/2/11 at 6:35pm