In Soul Food: Why cooking isn’t art, William Deresiewicz suggests that while some argue that there is a narrative behind a meal, food is only a medium, one without an inherent story-telling property. His modernist stance begs us not to assign meaning to nonlinear substance but also affirms a trustworthy spring of art and narrative.
Heartening as it may be to feed this many people, for me the deep satisfaction lies elsewhere. What I love is that it’s all about the pizza. And that, of course, it’s not at all about the pizza.
Rob Gurwitt explains why Sundays at the community oven aren’t just about the pizza in “Any Way You Slice It.”