I confess: Come the holidays, and I am definitely a sentimental cook and eater. Proust’s famous tea-soaked madeleine that arrested time, transporting him to his childhood. That’s me.
Granted, when it comes to matzah, it might be a bit tough. The original food-evoking item might actually need to have a flavor in the first place in order to evoke one a generation later, but let’s just chalk matzah up as an exception.
It might not be madeleines, but for each of us there is a food or two whose memory is so strong and very much tied to particular scents, memories, people whom we love. Ever so briefly, it returns to us a moment from the past.