Another great piece! Though Thanksgiving this year is just me and my husband (we’re both only children, with folks far away or doing other things), I think I will declare a no-discussing-food/drink holiday (except how good the food is, of course!)
And also, and more important, I love that you address food as a moral issue. Food isn’t moral. It isn’t immoral. Food, like pretty much every other non-sentient thing, is value neutral. We give it the weight. We talk about food in terms of positive negativity “sinfully good…” etc. That contributes SO MUCH to the notion of eating = weakness. I discuss this with my classes. Most of them have never thought about it this way — that moralizing food is weird.