We all know that to get dinner on the table tonight we’ll need ingredients and a recipe. We’ll also need some way to cook it and something to eat it with. We’ll need some time, too, be it five minutes for a salad or two hours for a braise. And we’ll probably need some way to clean it all up and store any leftovers.
What we don’t realize we need to make dinner tonight, though, is a story. And yet, on some level, we do. We need stories to assure us, to inspire us, to make us laugh, and to inform us. We need to be reminded that this act of feeding ourselves and our loved ones, however ordinary and routine, is also an enormous gift, never to be taken lightly. Our stories, like our cooking, are what make us human.
Here are some of our favorite stories from 2016.