Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Alane Salierno Mason is a book editor in New York City. She translated, as a labor of love, Elio Vittorini’s magnificent short novel Conversations in Sicily (New Directions). “The Exegesis of Eating” was selected for Best Spiritual Writing 2001, edited by Philip Zaleski, and will also appear in We Begin with Food, an anthology of Italian American women writing on food, forthcoming from the Feminist Press.
And thou shalt treat the food that touches thy lips with reverence, in recognition of the labors and traditions of thine ancestors, and in communion and fellowship with those to whom thou art tied with bonds of blood and love.