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Cell 161(1) (2015)

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell what you are.” This quote, made famous by Brillat-Savarin in his seminal essay about gastronomy, summarizes the central role that food has played in the history of mankind. Food catalyzes reunion, celebration, and social identification. Conversely, the pursuit of food is also a driver of migrations and wars. Malnourishment still plagues underdeveloped areas across the globe, and the technological advancements needed to ensure the resources to feed a growing global population remain unmet goals. Paradoxically, overabundances of foodstuffs and dietary changes in the other areas of the contemporary world have produced changes in human biology that have triggered national health crises. The multifaceted ways in which food factors into biological, social, and political issues seem to only be getting more complex. This special issue, The Biology of Food, explores the science behind food, nutrition, and metabolism. Like any great menu, it offers plenty of options that we hope will first tantalize and then satisfy each individual's palate. The making of this issue has relied upon a special ingredient: the involvement of many dedicated authors and reviewers across all fields of biology, and we would like to thank them for their time, effort, and unique insights. We invite you to join us at the table. Bon appétit!

DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.03.024