Of all the senses, the sense of taste is most dependent on the others in order to achieve a true sensory experience. Each of the other senses plays a symbiotic role, evoking different parts of our psyche and establishing emotional connections that go well beyond nutrition.
The sounds of an engaging discussion around a dinner table are as just as much a part of the celebration as the food itself. Individual personalities flavor the conversation in many of the same ways that different ingredients flavor a meal. Food may restore the body, but true friendship is what restores the mind.