I love to cook. I love to try new recipes, making up my own recipes, collaborating with others to come up with new recipes, and cooking family favorites. It is one way I take care of my family. When I am short on gift ideas, I cook. When my brother and his wife had babies, I cooked. I invite my parents over for dinner once a month to just say thanks for all you do. I cook romantic meals and simple ones that I know my kids will love. I cook for them as much as I do for me.
But as I was reading this quote, it dawned on me. Food is part of every big or small event in our lives. Parties and celebrations to funerals and break-up sessions, food is involved. Now, some of the food I understand is restaurant foods, but for the most part, it has involved someone preparing the meal.
There is nothing more loving or nurturing than preparing a meal for someone you love. Even if it just chicken noodle soup for a sick child, cookies for a friend who needs a pick-me-up or an elaborate meal to celebrate a holiday, it shows an act of love and sacrifice.
So the next time you share a meal with someone, thank the cook. They are putting a little bit of love into every dish. And what better way to show love than to cook for someone else.
Take this holiday season to enjoy not only the food, but those who prepared it. Savor those moments. Some of the best memories are made around the dinner table.