Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food for thought…(literally)

Photo by Ryan McGuire, Gratisography 

While researching for my book, I often come across wonderful and thought provoking ideas, such as the work of Paul Freedman. Therefore, I needed to share this with you. Needless to say that I highly recommend his book. 

"In the medieval Christian tradition, gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins, along with what now seem the more serious transgressions of pride, sloth, anger, envy, covetousness and lust.” …

“Yet gluttony, however frivolous it may seem in comparison with the dangers of greed, for example, is if anything a more prominent preoccupation now than during the Middle Ages. The average affluent person today spends more time worrying about what might be broadly defined as the category of gluttony (diet, body fat, nutrition versus self indulgence) that about pride and covetousness (which are perhaps not even vices now according to general opinion).” —Paul Freedman*

*Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and The Medieval Imagination. Yale University Press. 2008. Pages 50-51