Brenda Benoit shares with us her thoughts on the importance of food, and why she’s obsessed with taking pictures of it.
By Brenda Benoit
Food is what makes us walk, breathe, think, wake up in the morning; it keeps us warm when it is cold and cools us down when it is hot. It feels like a heartfelt hug when we are alone and enriches the presence of loved ones when we sit at a table and share it.
We miss food when it is not there and the simple whiff of a familiar dish can bring on a flood of memories from childhood, the smile of your aunt, a picnic on the beach or the joy of a first date. It fuels not only our body but also our imagination
So why wouldn’t I take a picture of something so important? It took a while for people to understand my obsession with carrying a camera to every restaurant I go to. But they get it now.
If I do not take a picture of a food, how would it be preserved after it is eaten? Memories of meals prepared, shared, of laughter over a burnt roast, of tears shed and conversations that changed our lives will last even longer if you take the time to snap a photo of what was eaten when these things happened.
“There is something quietly civilizing about sharing a meal with other people. The simple act of making someone something to eat, even a bowl of soup or a loaf of bread, has a many-layered meaning. It suggests an act of protection and caring, of generosity and intimacy. It is in itself a sign of respect.” – Nigel Slater
So take a picture of your food and share them. After all, it is part of your history and you would not want that to end up in a toilet bowl without being recorded, would you?
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Brenda Benoit was born in the city of St. George’s in Grenada and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been living in Miami for over 20 years, loves to cook, eat and to try new restaurants & cuisines - always with her camera as a companion. She's a dedicated cookbook collector and is in the process of writing one of her own.