What people do with food is an act that reveals how they construe the world…. What we find in the cooking of Italy is a serene relationship between man and the sources of his existence, a long-established intimacy between the human and natural orders, a harmonious fusion of man’s skills and nature’s gifts. The Italian comes to his table with the same open heart with which a child falls into his mother’s arms, and with the same easy feeling of being in the right place.
— Marcella Hazan, The Classic Italian Cookbook. Missing the traditional feast of seven fishes at the homeboy’s house, but happy to be smothered in red and green chile back in New Mexico.