And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1: 29-31
I have been baking of late: bagels, kolacky, garlic,lemon and herb bread, aniseed bread with cornmeal and other loveliness. There’s a lot of talk about austerity cooking these days – and rightly so. But cooking and eating should not be a misery, even if the rest of our lives are. You can do an awful lot with tomato purée and the right spices, for instance, or the correct and always fascinating combinations of flour, butter, yeast, eggs and sugar. I thought I’d look at some food art for you. Food is both a gift and a privilege – and a holy thing. The Bible warns us against gluttony, and against unclean foods, but not against proper and joyful sustenance.
Van Gogh – Still Life with Mackerel, Lemons and Tomatoes
Cezanne – Still Life with Bread and Eggs
Felix Vallotton – Meat and Eggs
Stefan Dimitrescu – Still Life with Vegetables
Gustave Caillebotte – Garlic Cloves and Knife on the Corner of a Table