Passing the Peas: A Sabbath Meditation

Yesterday’s Writer’s Almanac mentioned that it was the birthday of Alice Waters, one of my favorite locavore-slow-food-chef-author types. (You can read more about her here.) She is the author of one of my favorite foodbooks, which I say rather than “cookbook” because it’s more than just a cookbook, really. The Art of Simple Food is beautiful as well as quite a compendium of information, and I recommend if you’re a food nerd like I am.

All that to say, here’s a lovely sabbath meditation for today, the week, the year, courtesy of Alice Waters.

Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality; we can be complete only when we are giving something away; when we sit at the table and pass the peas to the person next to us we see that person in a whole new way.

— Alice Waters, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering


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2 comments on “Passing the Peas: A Sabbath Meditation

  1. stephen says:

    Thank you for posting this. I really liked it. This was our sabbath mediation yesterday…

    Afterwards we went over to some friends house and helped install sod for a couple hours. I figured it was just about as much ministry as going to church would have been on a sunday morning.

  2. My husband and I used to live in Berkeley just up the street from Chez Panisse. To our surprise, there was an affordable cafe upstairs from the fancy dining room. We dined on pizza topped with fresh garden greens. “Pass me a piece of Chez Panisse pizza…please”.

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