What is the relation to nutrition and health in this book?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there is a statement being made between emotional health and nutrition. Tyler best constructs this through Ezra.  He wishes to make food that makes people reminiscent of their home.  It is here here one sees how nutrition and emotional health can be connected to one another.  Ezra wishes to use food and nutrition as a way in which people can reconnect to their past and thus make more sense out of their present. This emotional connection between health and nutrition is set in a very interesting light in that he is never able to do this for his own family. In his own familial setting, there is someone always disrupting the dinner, suggesting a lack of nutrition and emotional health in his own family.  The idea of the "homesick restaurant" suggests that food can be a portal through which our own emotions can be understood and grasped.  This can have positive implications in that, like Ezra, food can be prepared in the hopes of reclaiming something from the past.  At the same time, I can see this possessing negative implications for health in the hope that individuals can claim something from the past through food, an insatiable appetite emerging with physical health being put aside for the faint stab at emotional contentment.  In this, Tyler's work can display the relationship to nutrition and health in a complex and intricate manner.


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