Would you believe I just made a deal to write a new book – on food?
What does food have to do with money? Everything, really, because both “feed” us what we need to survive, though money is one step removed and buys more than a full belly.
Also our relationship with food and our relationship with money have so much in common – cultural assumptions, personal psychology, trying to fill spiritual needs materially, capacity for conscious choice. It is no wonder I’ve turned my attention to a book on transforming our relationship with life energy of the food sort. It is called BLESSING THE HANDS THAT FEED US. You can read the blog about the experiment that inspired me to write this book.
Have you given some thought to your relationship with food. Are you a foodie? Slow food. Organic food. Local food. Grow your own food. Are you a Vegetarian? Vegan? Omnivore? Do you shop farmers markets or Costco, and why? Is your food bible a cookbook or a diet book or a policy book (like Stuffed or Starved or Omnivore’s Dilemma)?
Are you a food fanatic – full of certainty about the right way to eat? If this is the case, please hold your comments – there are other blogs where you can offer your views. But if you, like me, are simply curious about the hands that feed you and the food you eat – where it comes from, how it arrives at our table, the costs involved in that, the food policies that have everything to do with what and how we eat, food sovereignty, food justice, our food customs, food security movements, food sanity, the beauty and blessing of food itself, and how we can live well once more within the means of our regions without so many apples and grapes and sides of beef circling the world in container ships and cargo planes, I’d love to at least get your favorite links to sites and data and stories.
One intention I have, as with Your Money or Your Life, is to clear away the fog and confusion that disempower us in relation to the simple act of lifting a fork to our mouths, savoring food on our tongues and letting what slides down our gullets actually transform itself into us… and into a life we love. There are so many “right” ways to eat – to lose weight, to bulk up, to be energetic, or healthy, or moral, to be minimalists or gourmets – that we have lost our confidence in ourselves as eaters and in our bodies. I am also curious about how food became such an antisocial, solitary act – in the car, grazing at the fridge, starving ourselves in public and gorging in private – and long to have food be a shared celebration of nourishment and life.
So today is the first day of a year of writing and reading and talking to folks and sticking my hands in the dirt and, oh yes, eating as close to home as I deliciously can.