"What is it that distinguishes the attitude of the feaster from that of the ordinary eater?"
Sensory expectation, social pleasure, and intellectual reward.
but only rarely do we practice the art of eating reflectively:
"Once a year our dismal diet disappears, and . . .
we are given a glimpse of what food can mean."
One of my ritual activities for January is to peruse all my holiday cookbooks, marking ideas for next year, and making ambitious plans for future feasts. Paul Levy's book, The Feast of Christmas: Origins, Traditions, and Recipes, is one of my favorites. Also:
More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen
both by Laurie Colwin
The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas
The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast: Past, Present, and Future
both by Jeff Smith
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE TITLES,
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"FEASTS AND SEASONS"
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RED DINING ROOM, PHILADELPHIA, 2003