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Food for Thought

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2012 by stevemccurry

  Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
- James Beard

 Pul-e-Kumri, Afghanistan


Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the
single most significant trademarks of a culture.
- Mark Kurlansky
Burma

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.

- Lucretius, Roman Poet and Philosopher

Calcutta, India

Tibet

The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water,
is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…”
M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating

Bakery run by widows, Kabul, Afghanistan

All sorrows are less with bread.

- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Mauritania

If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars  and all the heavens.
- Robert Browning

Croatia

Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the
court that surrounds the king.
– Louis Bromfield

Afghanistan

Istanbul, Turkey

Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and
eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.
– Peter Farb and George Armelagos

Consuming Passions: The Anthropology of Eating

Rajasthan, India

Egg Vendor, Kabul, Afghanistan

Chef Wolfgang Puck,  Los Angeles, California, USA

Date Seller, Yemen

Honduras

The table is a place of communion for life’s large and small events.
Art Smith, Master Chef

Peru

Vietnam

Refugee Family, Sri Lanka

It’s the company, not the cooking, that makes a meal.
– Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky
Cambodia

Priyadarshini Park, Mumbai, India

If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.
- J.R.R. Tolkien

Monsoon Waters, Indonesia

Beirut, Lebanon

Burma

Mumbai, India


The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.

- E.M. Forster

A Third of Our Lives

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2010 by stevemccurry
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Calcutta, India

 

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Tonle Sap, Cambodia

 

Recently, I have been reviewing the pictures in my archive for a new book project.    I have been looking for activities that are shared by people in every culture and tradition. My blog on reading generated over 25,000 views, and it has been great to read many comments from people who are passionate about reading and literature, and the impact that they have on our lives. I discovered that I have a very large collection of people who are in some form of sleep.  It may be a nap or a snooze, a siesta or a deep slumber, but it is something we all need, but something many of us don’t get enough of.

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Angkor, Cambodia

 

We sleep as much as a third of our lives, so it is clear that we are actually doing some important “work” during that time.  From consolidating memory and learning,  to repair of our bodies, sleep isn’t so much a luxury as a necessity.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

For Shakespeare, sleep was the balm of hurt minds.  He wrote in Macbeth:

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.”

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Bombay, India

 

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Beijing, China

 

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Paris, France

 

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Outside Jalalabad, Afghanistan

 

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

 

“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!   It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot.  It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even. “
-Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

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