Food and cooking, for Kurt, were components of ritual, an opportunity to connect everyday activity to the sacred. When writing about food and cooking, Kurt used the opportunity to bring ritualized awareness to others, in hopes perhaps of imparting some sense of sacred wisdom to his readers. This essay contains a recipe, of course, but also much more. "In our sated sophistication, many of us are all to eager to cut ourselves off from the mass of humanity whose daily concern with basic conservation, filling the belly, is not to be gainsaid. We are enjoined, therefore, to regard cookbooks, injunctions for the preparation of food, as closely analogous to sacred scripture--indications for feeding the psyche and practicing the arts of clearing consciousness."