When I think of experiences that stand out above the rest it includes: family or close friends, sometimes an activity, but the consistent element is almost always food. Michael Pollan explains in his book, In Defense of Food, that food in America can be seen as an item on our to-do list that needs to be checked off. However, in other countries food is an experience that can take hours of preparation, cooking, and then “experiencing” food through consumption with family and friends. I would argue that this cultural experience with food develops a depth of tradition, interconnection, and cherished relationships.
Over the past several years family dinners have diminished into silent meals, eating on-the-go, or even into eating alone. I find it discouraging that its more common for families to be consumed in their electronic devices than choosing to connect with their loved ones next to them. In order to change these habits, I contend that it will require intentionality, sacrifice, and commitment to break the “task-mode” eating habit.
I decided to take this course because I have a passion for food, especially, cooking. Originally, I thought it would inspire healthier eating habits, challenge my way of seeing food from a “mindless” consumer to an intentional shopper, and inspire me to make personal changes for my family. What I did not anticipate was the inspiration to emphasize food as an experience. Changing my view from a “task” to prepare, cook, and serve a meal to embodying a shared experience because at the end of the day I am not just making a meal for my family. I am creating traditions, deeper relationships, and memories that will evolve into an interconnectedness with the individuals around me.
Photo: Kohen, L. (2016, November 24). Thanksgiving Traditions: Family, Friends, Food, and Fun. Retrieved January 14, 2018, from