Salsera’s Tongue.

29 Oct

The following references are from:

by Kyung-Ran Jo».

A book about forbidden food and lost love.

January, Chapter 1, Page 5:
“… In the Middle Ages, monks believed that this fruit contained the will of the Creator. The apple was said to taste of nature, of mystery, of the shapes of clouds and of the sound of wind rustling the leaves on trees, but the monks forbade its consumption. All because of the sweetness that filled your mouth when you took the first bite. They believed this sweetness was a temptation, one that would get in the way of concentrating on God’s words. And after the sweetness dissipated, a tart, acidic zing lingered on the tip of your tongue. The monks thought this was the taste of poison, of the devil himself. This sweet, sour, tart taste of an apple — it’s this taste Eve found irresistible. …”

January, Chapter 1, Page 5

Salsa is a salsa gigolo’s Garden of Eden, filled with forbidden fruit, forbidden salseras ». At least that’s how I used to view it. Lately, I’ve started looking at this the other way around, where a salsa gigolo can be the forbidden fruit, irresistible to salseras. Be the apple.

March, Chapter 11, Page 67:
“… The person you can eat with is also the person you can have sex with, and the person you can have sex with is the person you can eat with. That’s why dates always start with a meal. You get to experience the impulsive expectation and curiosity toward the other person this way first, not in bed. There are many instances when the opposite is true, too. When you eat together, your relationship deepens or takes a step back — it’s either one or the other. …”

March, Chapter 11, Page 67

The person I can eat with, is the person I can dance with, is the person I can have a relationship with. When a salsera asks you to eat with her, she is likely asking for something more. If you’re looking for a relationship, go ahead and eat with her. But to be the apple, is to say ‘no’.

May, Chapter 21, Page 130:
“… I feel myself loosening up, as if a spoonful of something delicious has just entered my mouth. I understand how appetite and hunger and thirst and deprivation expand one’s palate. …”

May, Chapter 21, Page 130

What I’m learning is that when a salsera is denied what she thought she could easily have, it is then when she may realize that she wants something more. It’s a moment of truth for a salsera, to come face-to-face with her appetite, her hunger.

However, when a salsera offers you food she has cooked with her own hands, this is the best food in the world, and the answer should always be ‘yes’.

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