Foods for the Gods... And You Too
Food is love. It’s always been that simple. No food, no life. Nothing lives without eating, so we must share and feed those we love. We take pains in the kitchen to protect our loved ones by cooking properly so they’re strong, healthy and ready to pursue their dreams. We also feed our sacred gods to show our love and concern for their wellbeing. We feed them to say Thank You so they know we’re grateful. We don’t want them to go away. Offering food to those who watch over us, gratefully and humbly sharing, is a tradition as old as human kind. So is sharing our heavenly food with each other as a serving of brotherly love. Here are some of the heavenly foods fit for the gods and us too:
Sandra Garson is the author of Veggiyana, the Dharma of Cooking and How to Fix a Leek and Other Food From Your Farmers’ Market. As a longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism and well-known cook for Dharma centers from Maine to Mongolia, she became the first food historian to explore the Buddha’s influence on how the world now eats. This led to exploration of more religious beliefs about food.