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!
Become a Patron! Check our our NEW Patron rewards!
Support Flash Fiction Online
Flash Fiction Online is a free online magazine that pays professional rates. So how do we make that happen? It’s due to the generosity of readers like you.
Here are some ways you can help:
Sign up to become a monthly donor and gain access to exclusive Patron rewards like manuscript critiques, insider submission statistics, the Editors’ Wishlist, free downloads of our current issue, and Ask Me Anything chats with the FFO staff. Read more…
Subscribe to FFO.
Never miss an issue! E-reader formats delivered to your inbox. Available from WeightlessBooks.com
Buy our issues & anthologies.
Consider a one-time gift that fits your budget.
Advertise with us.
Have a product, service, or website our readers might enjoy? Ad space available on the website and in our e-reader issues. Sponsored posts opportunities are also available. Learn more…
Spread the word.
Love one of our stories or articles? Share it with a friend!