Berry on eating

“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.

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  1. annewilko says:

    Amen Wendell! and what a privilege that we have Pipers Lodge to know this in practice.

    I hope you guys are travelling well, it was good to hear some more optimistic news from Brenda on Zoom last Sunday.

    What are you cooking at the moment? any lockdown favourites?!

    Love to you both, Mark

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Hey Mark! Brenda is perfecting her sourdough while Nathaniel is making wonderful pizza dough and naan bread. All of which means my domain is diminished! 😐

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