Meriam-Webster defines Gastronomy as "the art and science of good eating." Wikipedia goes further to explain, "It is often thought erroneously that the term gastronomy refers exclusively to the art of cooking (see Culinary Arts), but this is only a small part of this discipline; it cannot always be said that a cook is also a gourmet. Gastronomy studies various cultural components with food as its central axis. Thus it is related to the Fine Arts and Social Sciences, and even to the Natural Sciences in terms of the digestive system of the human body."
Well put. Well said.
Since 1995 I've been living, working, cooking and eating in Ann Arbor. I've had countless debates over food, restaurants, shopping and all things related to the act of eating (often at a dining table!). You see, food is more than fuel for me. It feeds my body and my mind. At the risk of sounding grandiose, it's a source of spiritual nourishment. It connects me to the people I Love. And in the spirit of full disclosure, it also pays my mortgage.
I've also traveled the country extensively. I've seen food done right and I've seen hideous examples of crap. I've seen restaurants come and go. I've endured countless discussions about the positive and negative attributes that create a dining experience. I've studied the finer points of ingredients, recipes, nutrition, macro and micro food chain economics and I've scratched my head at the seemingly obvious errors in judgement executed against humanity.
I've become impassioned with a desire to document my food odyssey. In my wildest dreams, some fine kindred spirits will find this site and help me create an enriching dialogue and call to action about great food within our community. On the smallest scale, it will become a beautiful tomb to house my memories. In either case, it's been a fabulous learning experience.
UPDATE: Still want to know more? Check out this autobiographical post form the fall of 2012.