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