Sunday, May 25, 2008

Roots: A Metaphor to Use all the Way

...if we really want to speak of roots, let us rely on metaphor all the way, and let us imagine the history of our food culture as a growing--not a shrinking--plant. It gradually burrows into the earth, seeking vital nourishmwnt wherever it can, implanting its rootsprecisely in places as distant as possible(soemtimes unimaginable.) The product is on the surface--visible, clear and well-defined: that is us. The roots are underneath--generous, numerous and diffuse.

from Food is Culture, by Massimo Montanari, Columba University Press, 2006

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