Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Why A Gourmet?
The term "gourmet", like so many other terms associated with enjoyment of the senses, has become something of a pejorative of late. If you google the word you will get all sorts of negative impressions. I am proud to call myself a gourmet because, to me, being a gourmet is merely a love of life expressed through dining. Dining that makes you happy. Good dining.
Gourmet dining does not require an expense account or a healthy bank balance although those items are never an impediment to high living. What gourmet dining requires is a certain state of mind. An enthusiasm for life and for the things that life presents to us every day. Being thrilled by what we eat and drink, if not on every occasion, then at least on a regular basis. Not being intimidated by the increasing anti-aesthetic tide which finds a threat buried in joyful indulgence.
The state of mind required for the true Epic gourmet should apply equally to everything in life. An ability to ignore the mundane. Searching constantly for the invigorating, the lovely and the pleasing. Possessing joie de vivre. Being full of enthusiasm and ebullience. For some reason there is no English word that aptly describes the notion. Perhaps just being "gung ho" about all the facets of our lives, including dining.
James Beard was not a trained chef but he became perhaps the most influential figure in American cooking. A fine example of the Epic Gourmet. You can tell merely from reading his books that he encountered food, and life, with an unbridled, enthusiastic spirit. A gourmet through and through. And a fine example of the Epic spirit.
In my mid 50s, husband, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".