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My family good-humoredly goes along with my claim that cooking is a performance art and that the kitchen is my "studio"---but I really do think cooking is the only truly creative part of housekeeping (or homemaking, or whatever ya wanna call it). But Marcella Hazan's take on it is more poetic and more heart-warming:
"I consider cooking to be an act of love. I do enjoy the craft of cooking, of course, otherwise I would not have done so much of it, but that is a very small part of the pleasure it brings me. What I love is to cook for someone. To put a freshly made meal on the table, even if it is something very plain and simple as long as it tastes good and is not a ready-to-eat something bought at the store, is a sincere expression of affection, it is an act of binding intimacy directed at whoever has a welcome place in your heart."
Molto grazie, Marcella, and rest in peace.
(P. S. Marcella was politely deferential when she spoke of "a ready-to-eat something bought at the store"----around here, it's called "Crap-U-Zap".)
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