Pierre's Stoic Vegetarian Cuisine
Honoring the Onion is a metaphor!
It stands for a cuisine that excels by its simplicity: ordinary and inexpensive ingredients, short preparation time, freshness and quality, fusion of culinary smart, spontaneity and intuition.
Both in the East and the West, onions and garlic have been rated as primers for good health, as they contribute, inter alia, to good blood circulation. In China, back in ancient times, onions and garlic were used as healing agents and for medical concoctions. There is an ancient 1500-pages manual that lists all the diseases that can be healed with garlic alone. In the West, too, Paracelsus advocated healing with onions and garlic.
Anatomically, as you see in the graphics above, the onion looks like a nested network. We know from systems theory today that life consists not of hierarchies but of networks within networks, a horizontal structure. In addition, the golden proportions can be made out in every onion. It's a perfect piece of Divine symmetry and proportionality.
We humans are like onions, we consist of many layers. Layer after layer peeled off, we gain more in substance, more in spiritual strength, more in wisdom.
Spiritual development thus is nothing but peeling our onion skins … in order to gain ever more perfection … and this is the ultimate metaphor for the science of cookery: it's ultimately a spiritual quest of its finest!