Monday, November 2, 2009

What you eat

Food is a subject fraught with significance. Our basic behaviors and feelings about food are driven by instinct -- including instincts that we have in common with all other animals. But food and eating are also surrounded by social and cultural patterns that are uniquely human, or even unique to our own country or region. As if that weren't enough, what we eat is also tangled up with health issues, weight, self-esteem, self-control, money, politics, and a host of other issues. It's hard to think of a part of life that doesn't interact in some way with food and eating.

What do you eat? Why do you eat the things that you eat?

This week's theme is what you eat.