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Image courtesy of Psychologies Magazine, August 2012

Image courtesy of Psychologies Magazine, August 2012

A Place at the Table

“She had a tablecloth that every guest she ever entertained had to sign, then she would embroider over their signature. Meals with her were full of little touches like this that signified how much every person who came to her home mattered to her.”

The above quote is from an article in Psychologies Magazine, August 2012, "Come dine with me", by Rosie Ifould.

Here are a few highlights:

"Inviting someone into your home for a meal is one of the most intimate things you can do. I have friends who agonize over entertaining but I think, why worry? People love to be cooked for so you get nine-and-a-half out of ten just for the invitation. If the food's even halfway decent, it's a 10!"

Laura Santtini, food writer and restaurateur

"Eating together answers a powerful need. It calms our anxieties, it breaks down our walls of solitude and helps us to build communities."

Jean-Pierre Cordeaux, sociologist

"The family dinner table is the place where we build the foundations of all our relationships. It's where we learn to take turns, to negotiate, to exchange information. These are the important lessons about the subtle art of social exchange."

Dr. Sandi Mann, psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire

This is why we crave the company of others at mealtimes - we are showing that we matter to one another, that we are important to someone because we have a place at their table.

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