Mastering the Mundane

When we eat we unmake the world and remake it into ourselves.

This awesome, complex process has no parallel in human experience, yet, the need to eat is also our most mundane impulse, a simple chemical signal from our body telling us it is in need of energy or repair.

Unlike the air we breathe, our food is a matter of choice, and we humans have brought the full measure of our incredible imaginations to bear on these choices.  Two hundred years ago the father of modern gastronomy, Brillant-Savarin wrote,