christmas and tableI’m a big fan of food writing  specifically about the experience of eating. It may have to do with my  taste travels in Italy with my Italian family and friends, shopping, eating and cooking together. Or it may have to do with memories of family gatherings where food was often the centerpiece of the celebration.

After 15 years and 15,000 miles taste traveling in Italy I’ve learned that the foods of Italy have seized the land, its colors and its past. All without saying a word, season after season, in every plate of food and in every bottle of wine, food brings life to the Italian table. In Italy, food is pivotal not only for nourishment but for the transmission of culture and generational traditions that are never more meaningful than during the holidays.

So take time this holiday season to enjoy and write about the foods that are part of your holiday celebrations. They are part of your gastro-history with generational family recipes that bring meaning to what you eat.  Here are a few suggestions about how to transform your meals into writing experiences that keep the memories of the warmth and generous hospitality of a well-laid table alive . For when all is said and  done “taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure or recollection” – Marcel Proust.


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