The phrase, “some people eat to live, while others live to eat,” is axiomatic. But as someone who’s built her entire life, career, and happiness around food, I have a hard time accepting the former part of the statement.
Eating is one of the most universal human experiences– right up there with breathing and dying– and is something that ought to be enjoyed by everyone (in my humble-but-sometimes-validated opinion). Food is indubitably first and foremost fuel, but why not feel some sort of passion for whatever it is that you consume each day? Those who feast like kings fall on one end of the spectrum, while those who fight each day for the right to survive fall on the other end of the spectrum, but no matter what, one thing always remains the same: every culture on Earth fosters traditions that revolve around food.
Maybe it’s the Kalahari bushmen chasing down their prey in the ritualistic act of persistence hunting, or maybe it’s the quintessential all-American family preparing a Thanksgiving feast. It varies from culture to culture, family to family, and person to person, but when it comes right down to it, virtually all of human history is steeped in food tradition.
The hunt or the gathering and foraging, the preparation and the mis en place, the cooking and the composition, the consumption and the satiety that follows– it’s all worth giving thanks for, feeling passionate about, and reveling in. At some level, we’re all foodies, aren’t we? But I think that the late Julia Child said it best:
“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
What do you think? Are you an eat-to-live, or a live-to-eat type of person? I’d love to hear your guys’ perspectives on this!
For now, I’ll leave you with this:
It’s no secret that ever since I busted out my Death-by-Chocolate Cookie Cups recipe, I’ve been more than a little obsessed with cookie cups. My latest creation is a wicked mashup of a cookie, a cupcake, and a Bounty Bar, and isn’t for those who feel timid around outrageous amounts of glorious coconut.
Coconut Cookie Cups