Michael Pollan has a fascinating multi-media article in the NY Times online today about cultural rules that govern how we eat (the topic of his next book). If you get a chance, take a look at the article. Some of the rules people sent him about how they eat are really fascinating!
If I learned any “food rule” growing up that I try to live by today it was, “Eat as many fruits and vegetables in every day as possible… and eat your meals with friends and family as much as you can.” (I guess those are kind of 2 separate rules). We grew up eating dinner together every night and I know that when I have a family one day, I will do the same. I much prefer eating with and cooking for others than eating alone. I believe that food is meant to be shared and that meals should be a time to unwind, laugh, and have fun with the people you love.
What are your cultural “food rules”? What philosphy do you think your parents/ grandparents/ culture has taught you to live and eat by?