Adam Gopnik remarks after observing a meal with cooks talking together and eating and arguing ...

Searching for an occult connection between cooking and writing, I had missed the most obvious one. They are both dependencies of conversation. What unites cooks and writers is that their work flows from the river of human talk around a table. People cook to bring something to the table; people write to keep something that was said there. I enjoy the company of cooks, I realized, because I love the occasions they create for conversation.

from "The Cooking Game" in Through the Children's Gate.

And so for day 520

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