A Dish as a Gesture of Love

Just as it has been noted that only ten percent of a conversation is conveyed with words (70% is body language and 20 through tone of voice), I am again reminded of the power of food to connect us, move us, in fact transform us-- from watching an intimate, close-up interlude between Tilda Swinton and a plate of gamberi con verdure lovingly prepared by her future lover. In some ways the pleasures of the table and food associations are the strongest character supporting Swinton in the film I am Love--be it a folk dish from her Russian roots to a formal dinner introducing an Italian industrialist family scion's new love. 

Food choices, meal arrangements and recipes carry so much symbolic weight, and we can regain some much by intentionally embracing the opportunities they present. From Prof. Zarina's emblematic Didactic Dinners and summertime rituals on that Civita patio that introduced me to proper Italian ingredients, preparations, and meal-making, to the Market Meal Experience of CityLab7 or the absurdly vindictive recipes from Cooking with Fernet-Branca,  watching and digesting I am Love reminds me of the completely non-rational power of food and the pleasures of the table to change the course of lives.