The ways that a group gather, prepare and consume food offer unique insights into their values, that is, their culture.
Not surprisingly, there are strong connections between their arts and their attitudes to food. Many anthropologists believe that the preparation for and celebration of the hunt formed the basis for early human music and dance, and harvest festivals appear to be ubiquitous across human cultures (to say nothing of drinking songs).
Current concerns in western societies about junk food, the decline of social eating (particularly within families) and the rise of the slow food movement, point to a growing awareness of the importance, not only of a healthy diet but of process – the rituals of sustenance may be as important as the content.
This recent article from Ari Le Vaux, while offering a very personal view of food, is predicated on an important insight – one that I believe is as applicable to art as it is to food. The most satisfying is that which comes with a story, and the best stories are the ones in which the teller is also the protagonist.