Flowery Words

The meal the essential act of life. It is the habitual ceremony, the long record of marriage, the school for behavior, the prelude to love, Among all peoples and in all times, every significant event in life- be it wedding, triumph, or birth- is marked by a meal or sharing of food or drink. The meal is the emblem of civilization. What would one know of life as it should be lived or nights as they should be spent apart from meals.
— "Meals Are Everything," a short essay by James and Kay Salter in Life is Meals,