I think that food and/or eating represents connection - Ninny and Evelyn build their relationship over eating. Each time we see them meeting they are sharing a meal (or snack or junk food). My favourite: "Evelyn had brought a box of tacos from Taco Bell" (Flagg 92) - probably because I had a high school romance that was built on visits to Taco Bell! Anyway, enough about me. This book is "delicious" to read - the descriptions of food are very detailed and make me want to try the recipes. But more important, food serves as something that brings people together, creating connections. Idgie and Ruth create the same kind of connection by cooking food at the cafe. Everyone in town comes together (connects) at the cafe - and why? Because the food is delicious.
The food in the novel symbolizes comfort as seen in when Ninny and Evelyn discuss past events. Right from the start of the book they (Evelyn and Ninny), enjoy each others company by eating, described on page 8 "Evelyn Couch has finished three Milky Ways, and was in the process of unwrapping her second Butterfinger " (Flagg 8). They are both seen constantly eating and sharing their food. Their friendship revolves around snacks and junk food more commonly known as comfort food. This act of eating symbolizes how they feel at home because of the food that they share and ultimately form a friendship.
Good points, Pedarrr. I also think that they bond over the food, and that their shared interest in it helps them grow closer. I also found that their love of food and concern for their is a completely cliche in a book where women dominate.
I believe that in the novel, "Fried Green Tomatoes" by Fannie Flagg, food represents the comfort that is provided by helping others. This novel takes place in Alabama, which is often known for its southern hospitality. This is shown when, "things were especially bad [in 1931], and at night the woods all around Whistle Stop twinkled from the fires at the hobo camps, and there wasn't a single man there that Idgie and Ruth had not fed at one time or another" (Flagg 28). In the end, Idgie and Ruth take care of all the people of Whistle Stop by providing comfort food which puts everyone at ease.
Food on its own is shown through sharing, this is one of many ways that food brings people together. I believe the act of eating symbolizes is strong in this novel because it relates back to how Evelyn and Ninny construct the current friendship they have. Whenever the two get together, they are eating and sharing food while they discuss their lives. Evelyn enters a stage in her like where she results to food as an escape to her issues and her life crisis' (in a sense). The whole idea of food in this novel is all about forming new human connections. In addition to all of this, the theme of light vs. dark can be used to discuss the symbol of food. Food would be represented as the light since it makes Evelyn feel better, and acts as a brief getaway for her away from her husband Ed. However, on the other hand, the dark is shown as how Evelyn feels that the food is treating her around her weight and her self-esteem.
Alright so this might be a stretch, but I think that the food sort of represents a reflection on the concept of privilege.
The food is cooked the exact same way every time, and it's sold to everyone, but "The coloured folks" have to go through more to get it. The white people have it easy, and can enjoy it every day, but don't know that "The coloured people" have a harder time obtaining it, because their struggle is "dealt with out back".
That's kinda just my two cents, don't kill me if I sound dumb.