PHILOSOPHY

Table Bible  與煮同在
吃飯的時候  我們情緒特別和緩

因為妳不會想去招惹  手中拿著筷或刀叉的人們

一切,得從母親從廚房探出頭,喊一聲「鋪一下報紙!」開始說起,作為這地表上最有魔力的詞語,像是迎接味蕾與心靈的幸福紅毯—光想著碗公裡的遠山冒起炊煙,咖哩淋在飯粒上的絕妙香氣,便叫人魂不守舍,渾然忘了生活壓力的所在。

任何字句怕也無法形容,那千般萬好的日子。母親一日的忙碌,就在這短暫的晚飯裡,有了相聚的時光,沒有經過謹慎計算的一場會面,簡單的在一起用餐,卻是凝聚家庭的重要儀式。

獨飲獨食
最自在的意識狀態

家庭聚餐,多半時候溫暖可人,如同母親與我幼時饞涎欲滴的幸福窗景。但在令人感到費力社交的聚會,有時卻像是生命的負累,飲食過程往往為了討好別人卻委屈了自己。

這兩相情感的矛盾下,觸動我體會餐桌旁的每張椅子,原來都是保留給自己內心—最私密且安全、讓我們感到最自在的家人和朋友。

若有朋友邀請你我前往家中餐聚,那是多麼神聖且值得珍惜的信任。若我們精心準備一場滿足飢腸轆轆的饗宴,我們不僅想填補腸胃,我們更想豐美彼此的人生。

若想愜意不過,別擔心特立獨行,就讓餐桌的另一頭,坐著自己。獨飲獨食便是在這忙亂的都市中,難得的自處食光與修身養性。

飲食文學之父Brillat-Savarin 說:「以造福人類的程度來說,發行一道新菜的意義,遠勝過發現一顆新星。」不妨用自己的雙手、巧思打造屬於自己的飲食藝術,而一個人能如何孤芳自賞,便能如何感受生活,最終還會上癮而不曾再感到寂寞。

人類最幸福的交流
源自餐桌上的分享

或許, 就在這匱散人心的荒蕪裡,我們還有一個孤獨的內在,我們衷心闢立小小的天地,透過飲食滿足需要溫暖的性靈,神聖保留餐桌帶來的回憶,以不致在勞動裡失去了自己。

食物與美酒溫暖了我們的眼神,餐桌上的人們歡笑熱切,你來我往,我們分享心情,相互陪伴,時間稍瞬即逝,彼此感到深層的滿足感,感到安慰與力量。

數千百年來,人們建立自己與吃什麼間的儀式化,餐桌演變成具有戲劇元素且複雜階級的社會事件。

Table Bible創新於Table Curator餐桌策展人概念,深信餐桌,不僅是一門古老的藝術,也是每個人實現自我、感受愛與尊重的立足之地。

我們期待飲食到自我這中間的光軸裡,可以更單純些。我們將善意延伸到人群,尊重回歸到家庭,在這方際裡,我們試著找回平衡且最有安全感的歸屬,建立和這世界更人性化的關係。

而在Table Bible這張餐桌,終有一張屬於妳(你)的椅子,讓我們每一次張口,都將是咀嚼暖暖和祝福的開始。

 

Table Bible 

We are the most gentle and calm when dining, because messing with people with cutleries in their hands is never a good idea.

The story began with my mom’s peeking from the kitchen and calling, “Lay out some newspaper on the table”. These words attracted me and my taste buds like the most powerful magic spell. The thought of spiraling steam coming out of the bowl and the exquisite aroma of the golden curry sauce immersing through every grain of rice made me forget about any stress that life gave me.

No word is able to describe those wonderful days of my life. After an overwhelming and busy day, my mother could finally be by my side, thanks to the valuable dinnertime. No elaborate arrangement, just us. It was the most important family ritual.

Dining Alone
The most comfortable State of Mind

Family dinners are often heart-warming and lively, like my childhood memories with my mother. But there are social gatherings that seem to be a tiring burden where you always try to please everyone else and compromise. This contradiction makes me realize that we reserve every chair at our dining table for those people whom we feel the most comfortable and secure with. An invitation to a meal at a friend’s home must be cherished because it is filled with trust and affection. When we put effort into preparing a delightful feast, we not only want to fill our stomachs, but also enrich each other’s life.

If comfort and relaxation are what you seek, don’t be afraid to take delight in dining alone. In this hectic city life, embrace a moment of perfectly pleasant solitude.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin says in The Physiology of Taste that, “the discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star”. Why not create your very own culinary art with your own hands and inspired minds? How much one is able to appreciate oneself directly reflects on one’s ability to experience life.

The most delightful human relations are shared at the dining table

Possibly, in this wasteland of scattered human relations and coldness, our lonely souls have kept for ourselves something warm and blissful. We are able to feed our spirits and preserve the sacredness of important memories from each meal. Therefore, we will not lose ourselves in the bustling and cumbersome routine of life.

Beautiful food and wine soften our expressions. At a dining table, we interact, share wonderful thoughts and each other’s companion. Because of this, we feel truly content, comforted and powerful.

For thousands of years, humans have built their cultures around food and rituals. A dining table now contains dramatic elements and meanings involving complex issues of classes and social context.

Table Bible is a concept developed from dining experience curators, with the strong believe that a dining table is not only an ancient art form, but also a foothold for self-realization, love and respect. We hope to simplify this axis between dining and the sense of self, extend our kindness into the crowds, and bring back respect into our families. Through this, we will work to find the balance and security of belonging, thus building healthy connection with the rest of the world.

On this platform of Table Bible, there is always a chair for you. With every bite of food we take, let us begin with relishing nourishment and blessing.

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