“A meal, according to my understanding anyhow, is a communal event, bringing together family members, neighbors, even strangers. At its most ordinary, it involves hospitality, giving, receiving and gratitude.”
– Wendell Berry
The end-of-the-year holidays are so much about kinship, that is – relationships. Kinship means being connected, by blood or marriage, but also by common characteristics, or affinity. Feeling akin to someone is a good reason to share a table, and a meal.
And why should we leave these valuable shared meals to holidays, weddings and birthdays? Each day, we have the chance to make something of our gatherings with family, or friends. It need not be extraordinary. “Simple, uncomplicated and less contrived” is sufficient. That’s what the makers of Kinfolk Magazine – an inspirational guide for small gatherings – advocate in their Manifesto. They share their “natural approach to entertaining,” and I love it.
Kinfolk is a both a print magazine, online journal and photo and video gallery. It is run by a community of artists, writers, photographers, designers and cooks across the globe (especially the United States) who all share this love for spending time with kins, accompanied by good food.
I am a huge fan of their approach to quality time, especially heir tips for the winter season – running from snowy cooking adventures to brisk morning walks and warm fires. Have a look, and make sure to spread the density of end-of-year quality time over the whole of the New Year.