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Food as Art Suzanne W. Vincent

What does one ponder at the turning of the New Year?

Food, of course. Either the food we will indulge in at our New Year’s feast (the Eve party, AND breakfast, AND the New Year’s Day dinner), or the food we must deny ourselves in order to redeem our waistlines from the gluttony of the multitude of food-centered holidays that consume the last quarter of the Gregorian calendar.

Humor author, Erma Bombeck, once wrote, “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”

Yeah. Me, too.

Or, from comedian Kevin James: “There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap.”


And I far too heartily agree with Avengers actress Elizabeth Olsen, who said, “I get way too much happiness from good food.”

We, as human beings, are connected with food in so many more ways than simple sustenance. Food can stimulate all five of our senses. It is at the center of our celebrations. It is comfort, and pleasure, and art. There is an emotional connection we have with food that few other substances or experiences elicit.

My daughter was recently warned by her doctor that she may need to give up grains and dairy. She was despondent in ways that she wouldn’t have been if the doctor had told her she needed to give up video games or those super-soft blankets she loves. She decided she could potentially live without all those things, except butter. Not butter. She needs butter.

All that in mind, what better way to launch our first issue of the year than with a food issue.

This month, we invite you to experience a gamut of emotions—grief, longing, frustration, humor, and one very disturbing peek into codependency–all revolving around our favorite subject—FOOD!

Bon Appétit!


© 2021 Suzanne W. Vincent

Meet the Author

Suzanne W. Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.

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