If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.
The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.
Nothing rekindles my spirits, gives comfort to my heart and mind, more than a visit to Mississippi… and to be regaled as I often have been, with a platter of fried chicken, field peas, collard greens, fresh corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes with French dressing… and to top it all off with a wedge of freshly baked pecan pie.
~Craig Claiborne, in Southern Food
The spirit of hopitality is warm and encouraging. You sense it when you enter a house and are conscious of it long after you leave.