“I find that you get this direct sort of intimacy, that you can be yourself in the kitchen, whereas when you’re sitting in the living room there’s another atmosphere, and you know it’s a bit more formal. When you’re eating with someone you can say what you like, or be how you like, and somehow also it creates a bond; eating creates a bond.
In the Arab world there’s a saying that if you’ve eaten with somebody, you can’t betray them. So there are all kinds of associations with the table and eating, and there is of course the thing of giving love, giving affection. Also, it has to be somebody I like. It is a gesture of affection to cook, and you want to cook something good because you want to please the people there.”
– Claudia Roden in conversation with Leila McAlister, Georgie Hopton and Thea Slotover in issue 05 of Apartamento