caravaggio28Even though I don't like to cook, and I'm no foodie, I nevertheless enjoy the food writing of M.F.K. Fisher. Several of her classic books are collected in The Art of Eating, which includes the essay "From A to Z: The Perfect Dinner," from An Alphabet for Gourmets.
In it, Fisher outlines three combinations of people that can reach "gastronomical perfection"-but note, for clarity (and humorous effect), I've put them in the form of a numbered list, which is not her style.
Fisher writes that the perfect dinner can be attained with…
1. "one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side;
2. two persons, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant;
3. six person of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good home…a good combination would be one married couple, for warm composure; one less firmly established, to add a note of interrogation to the talk; and two strangers of either sex, upon whom the better acquainted could sharpen their questioning wits."
I love the fact that M.F.K. Fisher sings the praises of eating alone on a couch. Am I the only one who loves that kind of meal? I like eating alone on a hill side, too, but that's a bit harder to pull off.
What's your favorite combination for "gastronomical perfection"?