About Dj’eat

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”  Socrates, Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC – 399 BC)

“Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.”  Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826), The Physiology of Taste, 1825

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973)

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.James Beard
Good food ends with good talk.Geoffrey Neighor, Northern Exposure, Duets, 1993

The above are all familiar quotes about food.  Or they should be. 

Food is integral to our lives; it not only nourishes our bodies, but the social aspects of acquiring, preparing and, ultimately, eating food nourishes our souls.

Whether foraging for nuts and berries, hunting game, visiting farm stands or hitting the megamart, the quest for food shapes our relationships and reinforces our bonds with the natural, commercial and social world. 

Food is, can, should be fun!

Why not practice “good” food; and why not share your thoughts about it.

I am fortunate to have grown up in a household with culinary influences ranging form old-school european-american to down-home, midwest comfort.  Living in the northeast, I was exposed to a variety of ethnic foods as a child, as well as taught to try a “sporting bite” of anything placed on the plate in front of us.  Yes, my sister and I may have fussed about that at the time, but I think we now appreciate how that has left us open to not only enjoying an ever-widening variety of foods, but encouraged us to try our hand at preparing a large repertoire of foods at home.

For years now, I’ve loved discussing food almost as much as eating it.  And when you combine a great meal with wonderful conversation…it is just the best.  After posting a few notes on Facebook, several of my friends encouraged me to start a blog.  So here it is.

About the title…it’s the colloquial contraction for the inquiry, “Did you eat?’  Refering again to my childhood, you couldn’t escape the offer/demand that you partake of some sort of food and/or beverage whenever you visited a relative’s home.  A part of the greeting as one crossed the threshold would always include the question, “Dj’eat?”

An invitation to nourish your body as well as sustain your relationships through conversation and shared appreciation of food.



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