Cheese Love by Iliana Paul ‘11

After graduating from MHC 18 months ago, Iliana Paul now lives in Brooklyn with her high school sweetheart. She works days as a paralegal at a law firm, but afterwards and otherwise, she is an avid cook and eater. She plans to attend graduate school in the not-so-distant future, but for now, Ilana says, she is “just figuring things out day by day.”

The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.–M.F.K. Fisher, The Gastronomical Me

“Do you want any more?” I asked tearing a bit of baguette and smearing on chevrot.

“No, I don’t want to have nightmares,” Chris replied matter-of-factly.

“What?”

“Don’t you know that eating cheese late at night will give you nightmares?”

“You’re ridiculous,” I said.

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