Gotta Have It: What Makes You Crave a Dish?

Cravings come unannounced, unheralded, and whether you want them or not! We'll be walking to work and suddenly get the urge for that particular soup we had that one time. Or (as often happens to us) a chocolate craving descends from out of the blue. Regardless of where they come from, cravings are definitely hard to ignore.

The latest issue of Remedy Quarterly was all about cravings and there were some definite trends through the stories and articles. Many cravings seemed to come from a loss or lack: a fruit that was out of season, a grandmother's recipe that she never shared with anyone, the body trying to get more nutrients. Also, cravings often have roots in a particular time or place, like a restaurant from childhood or the food eaten on a particular vacation.

The issue really made me think about my own cravings. For instance, I've recently been craving scallops like nothing else. I used to eat scallops fairly regularly when I lived in Boston, but now that I've moved to the Midwest, they're more rare. And expensive. Hence: craving. (Luckily, I have a Boston trip planned soon!)

I also crave chocolate chip cookies every few months like clockwork. These were my childhood favorite, and they never fail to hit the spot.

What are you craving right now?

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