Cuisine: what makes life worth living.

When we concern ourselves with the relation of the great nations to each other; the relation of the great to the small nations; the relation of intermixed “communities,” as in India, to each other; the relation of parent nations to those which have originated as colonies; the relations of the colonist ot the native; the relation between peoples of such areas as the West Indies, where compulsion or economic inducement has brought together large numbers of different races: behind all these perplexing questions, involving decisions to be made by many men every day, there is the question of what culture is, and the question whether it is anything that we can control or deliberately influence.

These questions confront us whenever we devise a theory, or frame a policy, of education.

If we take culture seriously, we see that a people does not need merely enough to eat (though even that is more than we seem able to ensure) but a proper and particular cuisine: one symptom of the decline of culture in Britain is indifference to the art of preparing food.

Culture may even be described simply as that which makes life worth living.


Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly. (and thanks to God that I am married to such a brilliant and experimenting cook!)


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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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