Why My Homecoming is Always a Culinary One

Why My Homecoming is Always a Culinary One

The word nostalgia comes from the ancient Greek term nostos, meaning “homecoming,” and algos, meaning “pain.” It is, literally, the pain of wanting to go home, devised as a term in the 16th Century to describe the acute homesickness of soldiers serving abroad. Today, we regularly misuse the term, describing anything that reminds us of childhood, homeliness, or a bygone era as “nostalgic.” Strangely, the term isn’t often used to describe food or our longing for the comfort it can bring.

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