October 28, 2010

Saveur Magazine Reminds Me That Great Company Can Make a Great Meal

saveur_oct2010.jpgSilly me. When Saveur magazine‘s October 2010 issue touted “25 Greatest Meals Ever” on its cover, I envisioned a well-written introduction into impossible recipes for haute cuisine. Instead, I discovered a wide-ranging recollection of the most memorable meals from foodies and authors alike. (And, if you’re wondering, 21 recipes are included.)

From an exquisite French feast to the simple pleasure of a sandwich prepared by loving hands, these memories jogged mine. It made me wonder whether we remember a meal for its taste or for the circumstances and the company in which it’s enjoyed. Perhaps it’s both.

For example, I remember the first time I ate alone in a sit-down restaurant. Not necessarily for the food I ate, but because doing so was way out of my comfort zone. I savor the memories of breakfast for dinner with my mom, as much because of her as her cooking.

Speaking of, there’s nothing like sitting down to a home-cooked meal (my mom’s or any of my relatives who know their way around the kitchen) after being hundreds of miles away more days during the year than not. And I enjoy returning the favor by making a special treat for breakfast or dessert when I’m home.

There are so many more. An impromptu grilled cheese, two spoons and a bowl of ice cream on the couch, a well-deserved indulgence at the end of the day, a cake (of nearly any kind) made from scratch, re-creating a family recipe to near-perfection.

Or a standing lunch date with a co-worker (who becomes one of your best friends), meeting your boyfriend’s parents for the first time (and being too nervous to eat), a surprise date to a local spot in a beautiful setting, sharing a great new restaurant with friends.

Sure, I could list numerous restaurants by name that I love, the foods there that I can’t wait to eat again, but I, like many of the stories recounted in Saveur magazine, agree that there are few things that can make a meal like the time spent with family and friends.

About the Author

Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.

  • angi

    Yes! I loved that last issue too – once I started reading the stories, I couldn’t put it down. I love food as much as the next person but at times, with all the media focus on ingredients/foods/techniques, it’s too easy to forget that a meal is about more than the food. The stories in that issue actually inspired me to write about an unforgettable dinner party I was at many years ago. (If you’d like to read about it, it’s at Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    I felt the same way! Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. By the way, I read your post on your blog. Great job, and great photos too! :)

  • angi

    Thanks, Michelle! :)