The good life is not measured in moments of greatness, but in great goodness in common things — friendship, connection to place, intimacy, mastery of a craft, and a regular meal shared with friends and strangers. Here's what chef Sam Sifton says:
Social scientists have a term of art to capture a person’s overall happiness and sense of well-being. They call it “life satisfaction” and find it strongly correlates with time spent with those who care about you and about whom you care. A regular dinner with family and friends is a marvelous way to create that time. Which is not to say that life satisfaction will arise from your very first meal, or even your fifth. I think it accrues only over months and years, as you cook food and share it. Regularity matters. Standing dinner dates, at their best, are simply special occasions that are not at all extraordinary. They become that way over time.
Read "How Cooking Dinner Can Change Your Life" over at the NYT. For more on food and Christian spirituality, check out Robert Farrar Capon's indispensable The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Meditation and Norman Wirzba's Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.