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8 Delicious Quotes on How Food Connects Us All

Few things bring humanity together in such a positive way as food. Gathering to enjoy a meal with friends, family, or even complete strangers offers a chance to put our differences aside and share in the one thing that sustains each and every one of us.

The universal joy of eating a delicious and nourishing meal enriches the human spirit and draws us closer to those seated alongside us. Food also provides the opportunity to appreciate the rich cultural heritage that’s so often at the root of our favorite recipes. The simple bite of a perfectly flavored roast or leafy salad can unite us with ancestors past just as it brings us nearer to those next to us at the table. Here are eight quotes that highlight food’s undeniable ability to connect us all.

Food for us comes from our relatives, whether they have wings or fins or roots. That is how we consider food. Food has a culture. It has a history. It has a story. It has relationships.
— Winona LaDuke, economist

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him. The people who give you their food give you their heart.
— Cesar Chavez, activist

Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.
— Anthony Bourdain

The stove is the shrine where I convene with my ancestors.
— Adam Ragusea, YouTuber

Food is strength, and food is peace, and food is freedom, and food is a helping hand to people around the world whose goodwill and friendship we want.
— John F. Kennedy

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.
— Oscar Wilde

Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity.
— Louise Fresco, scientist

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.
— Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author

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Bennett Kleinman
Bennett is a staff writer at Optimism as well as a freelance comedy writer. He's based in New York City.
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