Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin writes, and there can be no question the answer philosophically challenges us. This blog seeks to engage with the aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of food. I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act, writes Wendell Berry when asked how an urban dweller should approach American farming and rural life. Living in Houston, where should I buy my food, should I know where it comes from, who farmed it? If I cook at home with my family is that a virtue? Does the pleasure of eating lead to the ethics of eating? So many questions, which is what makes food a dynamic literal and figurative concern. Here’s a website from the University of North Texas College of Arts and Sciences positing all these perplexities with precision and relish. Enjoy.
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