We all understand the sentiment and "we" assumes people within our culture. Gastronomy involves other cultures, the way food and its social use varies within different cultures. This aspect is looked at later. Meanwhile, have a look at
The modern use of food anywhere is the product of its evolution. As an example of an everyday product which has a history, let us look at marmelade.
Here's a story from my childhood [text in the following colour from this point is a quotation]:
Marie Stuart, Queen of Scots, was brought up at the French Court and betrothed to the Dauphin Francis, the son and heir of the King of France Henri II in 1548. She was often ill and her French maids were always muttering that “Marie est malade” or “Marie malade”, which was easier for them. To ease her queasiness she ate quince jam, since at that time quinces were regarded as healing fruit. With so many calls to her maids for the jam, it passed into the court consciousness as the contraction – marmalade.