Re: Re: How does food shape our identities? Converting Nature into Culture

I agree profoundly with Chef Pepin's expression that cooking or more precisely preparing food is transforming nature into culture. So, many ideas can be conveyed by this expression...

I believe that it is so important to become involved in some way with the process of preparing food. Whether it is hunting, gathering, shopping, preparing, cooking, setting the table, assembling the components of a meal this is a ritual that is basic and essential to our hamanity. We develop culture from the act of preparing more from nature and sharing it with family, friends, and even strangers.

I had to make this statement, because I found the profoundness of what Chef Peppin was saying so important. I hope and wish that my family members, and all Americans will come to understand the importance of what is being said. We are what we eat, and we are defined by how we eat, and perhaps who we can aspire to be is affected by the sense of culture we develop from nature in this most basic way.

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