“Or maybe it was because I had never been initiated into the increasingly obvious boy’s club, the club that encourages deadlifts and pull-ups and cold, metallic weights. I had been initiated into a different club, one with calorie counting and cardio. The boundary between these two clubs seemed impenetrable.”
“So what do you do? Who wins the war? Do you give in to the guilt, replacing pleasure with self-discipline? Do you militarize the dinner table, watching each forkful with the distrustful eye of a dictator? Or do you let freedom ring? Do you eat what you want, when you want, dietary norms be damned?”
Food does more than just physically sustain us—it provides comfort, connection, and perhaps even love. It can bridge any cultural gap and forge bonds between anyone willing to prepare a dish or take a bite. Instagram facilitates this relationship, allowing the emotional bonds of the dinner table to preserve in an increasingly globalized world.