Is Food Art? Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 26 2013 @ 8:28am

William Deresiewicz argues that while food still can’t be considered an art form, it has avoided the “technologically assisted narcissism” he thinks has cheapened writing and photography:

Whereas food is not and almost certainly never will be easy. Technology can help—those blenders and slicers and so forth—but only up to a point. A decent cook can do a decent job, but great achievement still necessitates great skill. Food is molecules, not bits—which also means it can’t be digitally copied, shared, pirated, or sent across the Web. And that may be the secret of its status now. The more virtual our experience becomes, the more we value the tangible, the sensual, and the immediate. Food is very intimate; we put it in our bodies. It creates and affirms our intimacy with others. Not for nothing do families gather around the table, dates begin with dinner, and religions use food as the symbol of communion.