There's a science to something as uncomplicated and common as the act of eating together. Sharing a meal is one of the few social conventions that transcends cultures, eras and people of all demographics and backgrounds. The editors of Commensality: From Everyday Food to Feast will have us know that enjoying a bite in the company of others is an art more powerful than we imagine — it's an expression of trust and togetherness, and helps strengthen the bonds between people in the group, such as a family. Our relationship with our cuisine goes way beyond sustenance. It's about identity, community, status, art and of course, pleasure.
So let us talk about food, the single great unifier which feeds our souls and allows us to break both bread and barriers.
In Singapore, we explore the kitchens of several locavore restaurants, where chefs are going back to basics with the emergence of urban farms. From plot to plate, it's a dream come true for purists, who can now get the freshest ingredients, quite literally, at their backyard. In Hong Kong, we meet renowned food artist Ayako Suwa and experience art on a plate. In Iceland, intrepid traveller and foodie Elaine Kim takes us on a gastronomic adventure, where she discovers that the most satisfying meal is often the simplest.
Finally, cover personality Caroline The shares the secret of what makes her truly happy these days — the pleasure of warm family dinners and baking for her loved ones.
Genevieve Jiang | Managing Editor
Magazine edition: 201511
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