Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cooking is Life

"Mustard seeds explode in the hot oil. She holds a lid over the pan to fend off the missiles. Rat-a-tat! like hail on a tin roof. She adds the cumin seeds, which sizzle, darken, and crackle. A dry, fragrant smoke chases out the mustard scent. Only then are the onions added, handfuls of them, and now the sound is that of life being spawned in a primordial fire"

-Abraham Verghese in Cutting for Stone

*perhaps one of the most evocative and powerful passages about food I have read in a long time...

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