What 'Eat, Pray, Love' Can Teach Us About Food

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I began writing this a few days ago, and much of what is written below was in progress when last night, as I was half asleep, my husband nudged me to say, "You have to watch this—it is very funny." I began watching Louis Black, the comedian, on the Daily Show mocking the craze of Eat, Pray, Love, and I might add rightfully so when it is the theme for a 24-hour shopping network special where you can purchase anything from diaries that look like the ones used in the movie to the words "eat, pray, love" in rhinestones. His skit was laugh-out-loud funny and made me think twice about jumping on the bandwagon ... but my thoughts and experiences are sincere, and when I spoke to Cat Cora about the movie she shared a wonderful recipe for Bucatini Amatriciana with Bacon from her new cookbook, Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist. So here goes, at the risk of seeming commercial.

The three words of the title made an instant connection with me: they conjure up most
of my basic make-up, the need to feed and nurture.

Anyone who knows me knows that when I go to New York I see three movies for every one restaurant I visit. As much as I Iive and love food, even more of an escape for me is time in front of the big screen. When the book Eat, Pray, Love came out I think my sister Andree read it first then passed it on to my sister Mary, and we are still in discussion of who gave it to our mother, who then passed it on to me. At any rate, a sign of a book's worth is when it is well-worn with turned-down pages. Although it was a very good book, it is because it was the last book that I remember my mother reading and the last book that we all shared that it will endure for me as a book worth reading.

The main character in the book discovers that spirituality, fulfillment, and happiness can sometimes be found in a simple plate of food. That is an absolute in my life and it is the way I love. I believe that as we go through life we each have our personal definitions of very simple words. The three words of the title made an instant connection with me: they conjure up most of my basic make-up, the need to feed and nurture. This is what instantly came to mind when I thought of my definition of these three words and their connection to my family and friends:

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Regina Charboneau is the owner of Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi. She is the author of Regina's Table at Twin Oaks. More

Regina Charboneau is the owner of Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi. She is the author of two cookbooks: A Collection of Seasonal Menus & Recipes from Regina's Kitchen and Regina's Table at Twin Oaks.

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