>>adapted from Martin Versfeld's The Philosopher's Cookbook<< If you want to understand a people you must understand its food production, cooking and eating. Cuisine is closely tied up with religion, philosophy and art. If you wish to study Chinese thought you must take an intelligent interest in Chinese agriculture and cooking....The ecumenical problem is the problem of how to eat with others, how to borrow ingredients and techniques from others and how to be ethnic without being exclusive. The possibility of living on American bread is not unrelated to the question of living with Americans.
A recipe, which is a way in which you deal with Lao Tzu's Ten Thousand Things, is also a lifestyle. If you can get your ingredients to be and know and love themselves, they will ascend as a sweet savour from the altar which is your dining table. Reverence the food you prepare and eat, and suffuse your life with joy and love.