Food and Cooking

Authored by: Benjamin E. Zeller

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415638661
eBook ISBN: 9781315724478
Adobe ISBN: 9781317531067


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“I think a lot about food. … It’s been a culinary journey for sure, and also a spiritual one all wrapped up in one.” With these words, television food personality Alton Brown, host of the Food Network hit shows Good Eats and Iron Chef America, penned the opening of his musings on food and spirituality. Brown explained that “I’m always talking about the physics of cooking, but I’m also into the metaphysics of it. A good meal should offer both physical and spiritual nourishment” (2006). That Brown finds spirituality in food should not surprise. Many people do. Cooking, eating, watching programs about cooking on television, journeying on food pilgrimages, and sharing table fellowship centered on eating are all examples of the ways in which contemporary people have found spiritual value in food, cooking, and eating.

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