These last couple of weeks have been all about food. Editorial food photography to be more exact.

One of the most interesting aspects of travel photography is exploring markets, trying this food stall or that cart. Every chance I get to dart into a little warung or souk and see what is bubbling away, I jump at it. I love the discoveries and friendships that almost always come about while trying a bit of fresh grilled fish or some sweet coconut meat. Few things disarm tensions between strangers like a bit of curry and rice with some sweet tea. What better way to start the day than a fresh baguette and a little espresso or a piping hot bowl of Phó.

Eating is the universal language that truly transcends all economic, social, and religious boundaries. When I really want to get to know a place, the culture and its people, I eat the local food where the locals eat. It never fails.

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“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
― Mahatma Gandhi


“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him... the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
― Cesar Chavez


“First we eat, then we do everything else.”
― M.F.K. Fisher


“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.”
― Alice May Brock


“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”
― Elsa Schiaparelli


“And believe me, a good piece of chicken can make anybody believe in the existence of God.”
― Sherman Alexie


“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl


“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


“Though their life was modest, they believed in eating well.”
― James Joyce


“La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.”
― Auguste Escoffier


“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”
― Aesop


“When we eat together, when we set out to do so deliberately, life is better, no matter what your circumstances.”
― Thomas Keller


“One of the very best things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
― Luciano Pavarotti


“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.”
― Michael Pollan


“In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, Make us your slaves, but feed us.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I look forward to seeing you out there. Now if you will excuse me, my fish is ready.

Julian Ray

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