Chapter 30 made me think about the kinds of foods I eat and the combinations.
I grew up in a French Canadian household, therefore my typical meals consisted of a protein, a starch and vegetables. The food was simple, but hearty.
I asked my grandmother about what she ate growing up to gain some insights. My grandmother grew up on the east coast, along with 13 siblings. I asked her what kind of food was made to feed 15 mouths every night!? She replied lots of potatoes, vegetables from the garden, and meat from animals (cows, chickens…) which they kept. What she ate made sense given her surroundings and her family’s financial situation. So when she fed her own family, she cooked the same food she grew up with.
I realize that now as I cook, I follow the same pattern. In my opinion, a meal is incomplete without a starch, and I’ve always complained (to the annoyance of my mother) that when there are no potatoes for dinner, I just don’t feel full! I do like to try different foods but thinking about these things, I realize that even when I eat food I did not grow up eating, I still stick to the same pattern, for example if I make a stir fry, I always have it with rice, vegetables and a protein (chicken or beef).
I also found this chapter interesting for its interpretation of drinks vs. food. I agree that there are differences between each and that you can drink with people that you might not necessarily share a meal. When I read this, something else came to mind. At a Catholic church everyone eats the bread (body of Christ) but not everyone (those of age) drinks the wine. I think this goes along with the distinction between drinks and food.