You are what you eat, goes an old materialist saying. If we take pleasure in our food, do we also know what it takes of us, and how we form ourselves in the process? With our forum, Eat This! we offer a different kind of fare, thoughts about food and the politics of consumption, at home and out. Included in this issue are Flower Sifliman's reflections about cuisine as a cultural force, one that itself changes with history.