What do you feel when you spell these four little letters "FOOD"? What comes to your mind?
Your favourite dish? A certain flavour? A colour that you associate your food with? A favourite place, a restaurant, a street side joint, your own kitchen?
If we go back a little, Food was only a source to survive (it still is, practically speaking), a means to keep from dying of malnutrition or no nutrition at all. Back in the days, people gathered all kinds of items they can lay their hands on from hunting, agriculture, to keep up their health. Carbohydrate, protein, fibre, fats, these were only essential to grow, repair. Open fire roasted meat and fish, porridge, mashed potatoes, raw vegetables, these were what people considered food. A mere item to swallow and suppress their hunger.
Food didn't start as a delicacy but a means to survival.
But with time, Food has grown more and more. Taste became as important as hunger. "To eat is to Live" became something more than just food for survival but a means to treat ones taste buds, with distinct flavours and textures. It has grown so much that, when you spell FOOD, it no more associates itself so blandly as to consider it as a means to feed your stomach. It has become an emotion.
In our understanding of happiness, a kind of pleasure that feeds our emotion, Food has become to grow in us, as a way to comfort each other, bringing together a lost community, it is about love that only grows and grows with plates full. Food, it's life for us. (Literally and artistically)
Food now is nomore bland mashed potatoes with just a pinch of salt in it but the same with added flavours such as coriander, onion, thyme, oregano, even some sea weeds to go with it. It's like fiction, "You Eat What You Imagine." (And that's just mashed potatoes I talked about). Imagine eating a roasted turkey with maple syrup on it, how exploding the flovours will be in your mouth. Imagine eating rice pudding with jalepenos in it. (Intriguing right?) Ofcourse, there's history to the food we eat. A certain kind of nostalgia that hits us hard. Sometimes, it's the simplicity that magnifies the taste. But mostly, when we say Food, it only means more.