In ancient Greece, the word for “cook,” “butcher,” and
“priest” was the same—mageiros—and the word shares an
etymological root with “magic.” Even the most ordinary dish
follows a satisfying arc of transformation, magically
becoming more than the sum of its ordinary parts. And in
almost every dish you can find, besides the culinary
ingredients, the ingredients of a story: a beginning, a middle
and an end.

Elizabeth Drescher, Choosing our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of
America’s Nones

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