This is the thirteenth installment of "Eat This List" - a regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.
Everybody eats. We may all come from different places, belief systems, political affiliations and football divisions, but at least once a day, every last one of us puts food into our bodies to fuel us for the road ahead.
We also all suffer loss, both on a global scale and in the gut. At times like these, eating might seem like the least important, most impossible task on the planet, but it can feed so much more than the stomach.
A shared meal, a dropped-off plate of cookies or a raised glass can add a much-needed note of normalcy in an overwhelming time. As groups like Operation BBQ Relief and Team Rubicon speed toward Moore, Oklahoma to feed and assist tornado victims, here are eight stories of times when food helped people find a little bit of respite in a world turned upside town.
2. After a funeral, the comfort of macaroni
3. After the Boston bombings, a chef opens the doors
4. After a chef's health crisis, food for the heart
5. After Irene, seeking comfort in pleasures
6. After Katrina, hungry for a taste of home
7. After 9/11, seeking comfort in food and drink
Read - Pouring whiskey in the wound
8. After a tornado, bringing in barbecue and community
Visit CNN Impact Your World for ways to help the people affected by the tornadoes in the heartland.
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