Socrates (in reply to Antipho, in defense of a philosophical way of life) said about eating:

“He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce.”

What does that mean in today’s self-help lingo?

“He/she who eats with most mindfulness (with most presence, with most savoring-of-the-moment) requires no dessert (or seconds).”

That’s my spin on this ancient pearl of wisdom: a philosophical tooth is a sweet tooth.

Adapted from “Reinventing the Dessert” (Reinventing the Meal, Somov, 2012).