Breaking bread with family and friends at your side is a sacred act the world over, and also a time honored tradition in America. Does anyone still do it and why does it matter?

Everyone is busy working, sometimes two jobs, playing hard, running errands, trying to make a living. Eating food in company is not that easy, because there aren’t enough hours in the day take care of all the tasks we set for ourselves.

Sharing and enjoying food is a basic human expression of friendship, pleasure, and community. And since it’s an integral part of keeping our spirits happy – we have to treat eating together like a priority, a luxury.

The ways in which we eat together play a central role in social life on all economic levels and across ethnic groups and is commonly known to be beneficial emotionally, physically and psychologically everywhere.

In Eating Together Alice Julier noticed that people of a certain nature will go to considerable effort, even when resources are limited, to ensure that they continue to eat together with friends throughout their lifetimes. These are the people who prioritize communication above mundane tasks.

The dinner table can act as a unifier, a place of community and mostly, sharing a meal is an excuse to catch up

and talk and get to know what’s going on in the lives of your loved ones.

The Importance of Eating Together. 

To participate in this luxurious act you have to make time – and just do it. Meals don’t have to come from fancy or trendy restaurants because truly, enjoying basics with friends and family makes for the best eating anyway.

#mealstogether #maketime #communal #eating #ourtable #family #friends

{Originally published for storia.me}