I love questions like this. I love to think about the what-ifs in life, the hypotheticals… like who I’d most like to meet some day, or what I would say to them. It’s an invitation to think about something that might never happen, and live it, almost, in the safety of your own mind.
This one in particular — who would I have at my dinner table — is one that I especially like to think about, because it inevitably leads to another question: what would I cook for them? It’s a fun rabbit hole to go down, and one I am all too happy to get lost in. Although I’m sure if I ever did have any of my idols over for dinner, I would be too nervous to do so much as boil an egg right. Could I muster the courage to cook for Julia Child, or Alton Brown? I’m not so sure. (Perhaps if I practice in my head more, first!)
Recently, I stumbled across this video, which asks exactly this question: if you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? At first I didn’t know where it was going, but then the message takes a turn I didn’t expect. It’s a wonderfully humbling little video, and really brightened my day, so I wanted to share:
Kids have so much to teach us, don’t they?
Sitting down to enjoy a meal with the people you’re already close to is, I think, one of the greatest pleasures life has to offer us. As Julia Child put it, “Dining with one’s friends and beloved family is certainly one of life’s primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Of course, I still like to hypothesize about celebrities, and the people I look up to throughout history… so just for fun, I’d love to know:
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or dead, besides your family and friends… who would it be, and why?
The first names that come to my mind are chefs that I admire and look up to, like Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Michael Symon, Alton Brown, Christopher Kimbel, and so many others… the people who inspired me from a young age to pursue my love of food, and taught me to feed those people who matter most to me — my friends and beloved family. Who would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope this Monday is treating you well, friends.