Food is art, but why? What makes food an art? I’m glad you asked! In this post, we’ll explore what makes food art and why it is possibly the greatest art form known to mankind.
“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Ratatouille 2007 film.
If you ever meet me it probably doesn’t take very long to figure out there are many things I don’t bother trying to explain to people. I don’t try to explain why chopping vegetables makes me think of the girl with a pearl earring, why WALL-E is my favorite love story, why I know so many random facts, why I believe ratatouille is possibly the best movie ever made, I mean it’s a close tie between that and Tombstone. but still.
Then again if you do know me then you know also that there are plenty of things I will try to explain, to make others understand why I feel so strongly about them, and food, needless to say, is one of those things.
Food is something I can talk about all day every day, no matter what, no matter when. Why? that is the question is it? it’s sort of like me to be or not to be. My love of food is something I love to explain to people, and not just why I love it, but why they should love it too. Why food is an art to me and one of the greatest things God ever gave to mankind.
If you were to ask that little three-letter word about food if you were to ask me why? I would make you a cup of tea, sit you down at the counter, and tell you all about it while I cook a nice cozy from-scratch supper. And I would tell you that to answer you’re questions we’ll have to go back, back to the beginning.
If you want to know what makes food art
The first thing you have to do is ask yourself what makes art, art. What do music, paintings, poems, and books, all have in common? They are all a way of expression, a form of expressing ourselves, our hearts, and our minds. They are ways to express ourselves when words simply cannot.
Now we must ask ourselves whether food is really any different from these things. Do we not cook for many of the same reasons, people great music, paintings, write poems and novels?
When I step into the kitchen, it’s like stepping into another world when suddenly anything is possible. It doesn’t matter how bad the day was, how sick I am, how cold it is outside. It doesn’t matter how big or grand or once in a lifetime, something is. Food always has a way of working itself into every aspect of our lives. Having the people you love the most gathered around the table, is one of the most lovely things in the world, moments around the dinner table turn out to be some of our most cherished memories, and what brings us there? To the table? Food.
Food can make us feel, bring us together, can make us think, ponder, and remember. Every great work of art started in one of the simplest forms known to man, a bunch of colors, a bottle of ink, some ivory keys, or in my case, a basket of vegetables.
Food is art
Food is anything and everything I want it to be. When I step into the kitchen more often than not I haven’t the slightest idea what I am going to make or if what I want to try will be any good, but I know that I have to try it because after all, that’s how art works isn’t it?
And food is my art, I know that no matter what I make, no matter how I get there. When the table is set with a bunch of mismatched china, candles are lit, something hot and wonderful smelling is pulled out of the oven and everyone I love is gathered around. That the moment will be magical, it will be like looking at a masterpiece. A priceless expression of life, of our lives, a combination of everything we wear, everything we are, and everything we hope to be.
Art is something beautiful but only in the eyes of the beholder, but food, food is something beautiful in the eyes of anyone that has ever been alive. Food is my art, my passion, my masterpiece. Something that regardless of the effort it takes to get there you know you’ll catch yourself wanting to do it all over again a second later just to try and recapture that little piece of heaven, those magical moments that take place over food, around the table, in the kitchen. Food is an art, and hate me if you will. But I can and will argue that it might be the greatest art of them all.