I couldn’t agree more. Even as a jaded high schooler I looked forward to family dinners, and was in heaven when I spent a semester of college in Paris, where I divided my time between meeting boys and eating 4-hour meals.
So it's no big surprise that I'm looking forward to the publication of Kinfolk, an online/print magazine (coming 7/15) and blog (now) dedicated to gathering and entertaining. Not in an over-the-top or ostentatious way, but in a manner that is "simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived." In other words, back to the basics of talking and eating.