LIFI22 – Yotam Ottolenghi – The Universal Language of Food
This evening at LIFI22, Yotam Ottolenghi gave the audience a lot of food for thought. This was a remarkable event that was delivered by one of the most influential figures in the British food scene, delving deeply into the many ways that food brings people together.
- Food is universal. It’s the first thing we all do when we’re born. In a world that’s in flux, food can bring a sense of comfort and ease.
- National cuisines are like a language. Some elements are incredibly cross-cultural. They can be really simple on the surface, and complicated underneath.
- In times of crisis, food can be a refuge. As the world lurches from crisis to crisis many people are taking the time to relearn the basics.
- Food can help with grief, with death. It’s incredibly nourishing for the soul. It can heal and comfort.
- The fear of cooking is one of the most important things to overcome. The antidote is repetition.