In one of [Hildegard’s] letters she tartly wondered, 'The voice of life and salvation says: Why will a person chew on a grape and still wish to remain ignorant of the nature of that grape?' How, that is, can we eat and not desire to know more about what it is that we are consuming? How is it possible to choose ignorance over knowledge of that which sustains our very existence?

∆ Cristina Mazzoni, The Women in God’s Kitchen: Cooking, Eating, and Spiritual Writing