“The pleasure of eating should be an extensive pleasure, not that of the mere gourmet. People who know the garden in which their vegetables have grown and know that the garden is healthy will remember the beauty of the growing plants, perhaps in the dewy first light of morning when gardens are at their best. Such a memory involves itself with the food and is one of the pleasures of eating. The knowledge of the good health of the garden relieves and frees and comforts the eater. … It means you eat with understanding and with gratitude.”
Wendell Berry, “The Pleasures of Eating,” in Bringing It to the Table, Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2009, 227-234.