The Most Sacred Foods in the World Could Be in Your Pantry
We humans have a very intimate relationship with food. It’s something we need to have everyday and thus struggle to keep close at hand. Because so much of life is devoted to acquiring, preparing and consuming it, food reaches mythic proportion in the mind, where it becomes a symbol for other needs and desires. Because we take it into ourselves where it defines us—“you are what you eat”, we try to associate it with the pure, the sublime, the sacred. That’s what we want to be. Here are the best examples of the world’s most cherished foods, some of them probably in your kitchen right now.
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.