6/25/2009

Put Some Love In Your Food

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

The new season of True Blood started a couple of weeks ago and it reminded me of something Lafayette said last season:

A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, that shit true as gold. You put some love in your food and a fool can taste it.
Raelle Tucker, True Blood, Cold Ground, 2008

In the episode, Sookie’s grandmother had been murdered and the entire town showed up with casseroles to console her. Tara and Lafayette were wondering what to do with all the food and Lafayette said they should just throw it all away, “Sookie don’t need no bad juju cookin’.” People were scared when they made the food and he could smell it. You can see the scene here (Warning: Strong Language):

I think Lafayette was right. Food made with anger and bitterness doesn’t quite taste as good as food made with love and joy. That’s why home cooking tastes so good. It was made for us with love. That’s why some restaurants just make mediocre food. It was made with indifference.

The next time you’re choking down a healthy meal that just doesn’t taste right, think to yourself, “Did I make this with love and joy? Did I just throw the ingredients together haphazardly?” Next time you make a meal, really think about who is going to eat it and the benefits that you hope they will receive from the meal. It will truly make a difference in how the meal will taste (at least to you, if not the others).

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2 Responses to “Put Some Love In Your Food”

  1. angela Says:

    Great blog post, really something to think about. :)

  2. Lara Says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’m studying nutrition therapy, and when I watched this episode and thought the exact same thing. Nourishment doesn’t just come from “healthy” food. It’s also about the love, care, and attention out into that food’s preparation. The movie “Like Water for Chocolate” also has some great examples of this. Will send my friends to check this out: )

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