April 28, 2010

Food Thoughts: Cooking as Gift-Giving

The Last Chinese Barbecue from Gourmet (before it died, RIP) tells many stories in one passionate man prepares food with care, cook maintains artisanal ethnic food craft, immigrant makes better life for his children, to name a few. But what stood out most to me was the universal story of using food skills and talents as a service, a gift, to those you love.
He says, “When I retire, I can just relax and cook for myself and my friends. Cooking for them is the most satisfying thing I can think of to do.” Then, I understood why he cut me good pieces from the pig all day long, why he hands out the tofu. His work is hard, but he also gets to give.

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