By: Kyle Werner, originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

What is it that makes food, or the lack of food, so powerful?  Why do we become so worn out, cranky, and exhausted when we need food, and then feel so uplifted and restored when we eat a great meal?  Certainly we are designed to crave food for the sake of mere survival, but as humans we crave more than this.  We long for food to be beautiful, flavorful, artful, to be experienced in great surroundings and great company.  As New Yorkers, we often find ourselves rather lonely after our rushed Seamless takeout order at our desk, or the solitary slice at the counter of an austere midtown pizza shop.  Why does food have a highly emotional, even spiritual, significance for many of us?

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