If you’re like me, you use different foods for various occasions. You probably would also agree that food has its own power and can enhance whatever ambiance you choose to create. It can make or break any occasion, from summer BBQs to a first date. What menu would you prepare for Valentine’s Day? I bet it would be different than the one for a child’s birthday party or the Fourth of July. And if you’ve been told that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then you know you should pay attention to any menu you put together.
Yes, food can say a lot—from what is in your heart to what is on your mind.
What you put on a plate can reveal what kind of a mood you are in, convey a certain message, cater to a specific theme such as a sporting event or be geared toward a specific audience such as a ladies’ luncheon or tea.
Society makes it easy on us, as it quickly labels foods related to certain situations. We know exactly what to expect from junk food, holiday food, healthy food, party food, finger food, romantic food and so on…
Yet still, each time my co-writer of my upcoming cookbook, Chef Johannes Klapdohr, pairs a dish with a scene from my novel, Pinnacle Lust, I have to take him out of his kitchen and walk him into the pages, between the words of the story so he will feel the emotion that I want him to put on the plate.
What a task…but what a wonderful outcome.
Yes, food can carry out our emotions…so let it speak for itself.