American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen
Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to
Transparent Food No. 3
I ended last night’s dedication with these words:
“Food shapes our well-being, and the well-being of the world.”
Food touches virtually all aspects of the human experience: it is art and science, it is commerce and ecology. It is transported and heated and cooled. It is washed and it is dried. It is loved and it is feared. It is a commin gesture of peace and welcoming, and the point of many wars. It has been used to enrich and enslave, topoison and to heal. Food is a common denominator that unites us all as biological beings, but often divides us as cultural beings. The earth produces a great bounty of food—more than enough to feed us all, though we have not yet learned how to share it so that none go hungry.
Food fills our hunger so that we may think beyond our bellies; its flavors and textures delight our pallets; its chemistry nourishes us. Around food we gather with friends and family and chare what is best of being human. And through food we help our bodies heal themselves.
Food touches more of our world than I guess, anything I know. Food is important. It is important in ways that are fundamentally different than the way literature of mechanics or politics are. And for this reson what we eat, and how it was grown and processed and shipped is essential information. Because food is so absolutely vital to our being, and the well-being of the world, where it came from, and how it was grown and processed, and by whom is critical and relevant information to everyone.
Thanks for coming tonight. Happy New Year.