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Oct 11, 2008 10:29 PM

Food Wedding Reading

Dear Hounds: I am getting married in a month or so, and my fiancee and I are searching for a food/cooking/eating-related wedding reading and are having some trouble. Can you help?

A reading that expresses the importance of food in a beautiful or humorous way would be sufficient; a reading that also alludes to marriage or to love would be an added bonus. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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  1. I have nothing that comes to immediate mind other than the Swedish Chef playing basketball with the chicken muppets, so I will instead suggest that you might get some literary suggestions from the crew at Kitchen Arts and Letters on Lexington. Nach the owner and everyone else so completely care and know about about their 10,000 titles. Indeed many of the works in the place have nothing to do with a recipe, just the concept of the joy of food and wine (if you drink), cultural history, and overall society. And love, of course. Believe me, they could completely get into helping you search.

    When I was going to make a eulogy for my beloved grandmother, a woman of so many amazing things, I knew I needed to find a poem. So, I asked a poet friend who steered me to another poet's anthology and there was the perfect work. I bet that the pros at Kitchen Arts will be able to steer you to anything from Beard to a poet who just wanted to eat a sandwich on a Welsh moor. Just as long as you don't show Mr. Creosote exploding on the big screen you should be fine with the inlaws.

    Happy hunting for readings and happy life to you both.

      1. or maybe this from Hindu wedding vow?

        “Let us take the first steps to provide for our household a nourishing diet, avoiding foods injurious to healthy living. Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental, and spiritual strength. Let us take the third step to increase our wealth by righteous means and proper use. Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony by mutual love and trust. Let us take the fifth step so that we will be blessed with strong, virtuous children. Let us take the sixth step for self-restraint and longevity. Let us take the seventh step and be true companions and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock.”

        Afterwards, the wedding vows traditionally include the following speech:
        “We have taken the Seven Steps. You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, united. You are though and I am sound. May the night be honey-sweet for us and the heavens be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us; may the sun be all honey for us; may the cows yield us honey-sweet milk. As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable, as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable, so may our unions be permanently settled.”

        1. Thanks for these great suggestions so far. Perhaps I should provide a bit more information. The ceremony is basically secular, with some Jewish elements. I'm hesitant to use any religious text that is not Jewish, and all-in-all I'd probably rather not use a religious text.

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          1. re: mhoffman

            Song of Solomon is Old Testament.

          2. I'll keep trying???

            The Love Cook
            by Ron Padgett

            Let me cook you some dinner.
            Sit down and take off your shoes
            and socks and in fact the rest
            of your clothes, have a daquiri,
            turn on some music and dance
            around the house, inside and out,
            it’s night and the neighbors
            are sleeping, those dolts, and
            the stars are shining bright,
            and I’ve got the burners lit
            for you, you hungry thing.

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            1. re: Siobhan

              I like that poem! Perhaps a bit racy for purpose at hand, however. It's awkward enough seeing all those old relatives as it is.

              And yes, please keep trying if you're willing!