Dictionaries are always fun, but not always reassuring.
Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.
Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
When I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and it is all one.
Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.
I can no more think of my own life without thinking of wine and wines and where they grew for me and why I drank them when I did and why I picked the grapes and where I opened the oldest procurable bottles, and all that, than I can remember living before I breathed.
War is a beastly business, it is true, but one proof we are human is our ability to learn, even from it, how better to exist.