Beautifully cooked food blankets the soul with a sense of peace. It is a peace that is designed to be shared.
Mom, Grandma, and all home cooks from previous generations created food that brought the entire family home to one shared purpose. With the simple act of eating together, differences were put aside, albeit briefly, and with only a few jabs under the table. That is the power of home cookery.
Home cooked meals bind families together, as if the butter and cream were glue. The meal says this is what my family eats together. It is one reason why people get so very attached to the manner in which they eat and often quite stridently so, as if any single disagreement is an attack on the group and on the cook.