Food is inseparable from us. We need it. We could do without it for some time but our bodies know better; they stop functioning, they slow down processes, they limit their activity so they can survive minimally. Our bodies do that without us. It requires no cognition, no forethought, planning. It just does.
With an over-abundance of accessible food in this country (poverty and homelessness excluded), we have grown to associate living with eating. What’s thanksgiving without turkey and pie? What’s a potluck at work without food? What’s dinner without dessert? We bond over meals. We sit down at the dinner table and regroup about each others lives. My husband and I chat about our days over dinner every night; we connect over food. We’re having friends over for dinner tonight.