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Eating your heart out

Updated on April 10, 2015

Food, would you believe, has a social side. You don't necessarily scoff yourself, though many people do, to the brim of your neck, just for the sake of it. People indulge in food, merely because there is a habitual, customary social side to it.

There is a gregarious quality about food; it brings people together, making them more talkative and suggestive. In the old days kings and queens in Europe like Henry VIII of Britain would take hours over a dinner banquet, stuffing himself to the last morsel!

I dare say however politics and the affairs of state were also talked about during these marathon banquets. I no doubt that food and banquet still have the same social, political and economic functions.

Kings, queens, politicians and even businessmen still talk over dinner, when they are cutting pieces of chickens and meat with their knives, or when the folk sort of mechanically move from hand to mouth.


Eating is a quality for conducting business. The term "over dinner" is very true. It's supposed to create a soothing, relaxing, even chummy atmosphere, where the most intractable affairs of state or complex business deals maybe ironed out, or at least draw out the length and terms of the negotiations, rather than mere slams and absolute no, no, no.


Besides food being for the high and mighty, and the peak of social echelons, and thank God for that because it would mean there is a stratification aspect to it, there is variegated ranking to eating. Ordinary people eat and enjoy food at parties for instance.


Plenty of food, usually light snacks and sandwiches is eaten and drenched down with drinks while the conversation is kept going in between the slight movement of the mouth and munches. This is the social side and context. People generally do not like to eat in their own especially if they had gotten used to eating with others, and in large crowds.


This is the social side to eating and food, it's almost mundane and repetitive, that is natural and normal making us what we are as humans, eating for pure social pleasure, and not just for the sake of it.



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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      I am not sure about the ethical amount to spend over dinner. Let me explain. I certainly wouldn't spend "outragous" amounts mainly because of economics plus I don't feel again, its ethically, right to spend $100, $200 or whatever over dinner, especially when a lot of people in the world are starving or have very little food, and that include in western societies. However, I do appreciate there are poor and rich people in the world and the latter may want to eat at high prices, so why not, if they can afford it! Sometimes you have to pay for those special dishes and plates. So I guess go on treat yourself, especially if you can afford it. And, yes some places try to sell you food as an art form, that's why they charge outragous prices for it.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting write Mr. Asmar. I was just thinking about writing something about the fact that our societies revolve around three meals a day.

      I am glad I read this.

      I have a question regarding ethics and food - I would be interested in your opinion: is there an ethical amount to spend on a dinner? (I am saying this because I have eaten dinner for ten dollars and I have sat at dinners which ran me anywhere between two-fifty to over four hundred dollars, for two people that is.

      I also know that a single bottle of wine can go for thousands and thousands of dollars, so is there a limit in spending on dinner before it all becomes ridiculous or is food in this sense thought as an art form (the chef being the artist) and thus, priceless?

      I like to eat alone for the most part .. it is the way of the lone wolf.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I totally agree. Sharing food with friends and family is a very social event. In fact, it is one of the great pleasures of my life.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      That's exactly what most people feel. My mother hates to eat alone so she calls on my wife and my sister hates to eat alone so she calls on my wife too, and they all meet in the family home.

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      Annie Fenn 6 years ago from Australia

      Opps, I hit beautiful by mistake, but well why not. I like this very much, food is always social for me, and I hate eating alone. When my family gets together it is always about meals and eating together. The excitement is in the cooking and the sharing and the conversations during the meal and togetherness. Thank you for enlightening us on a little history on food and socialisation. My votes to you.

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Yes, we often overlook that and are more concerned with the actual eating of it

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      There definitely is a social side to food. In fact, I think that is often more important than what we actually eat!

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      Nspeel 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach

      very very interesting hub. I enjoyed it and it is very true a lot of woman these days slave over huge holiday meals still and forever will. Shared voted up and interesting