Any nutritious substance that people, animal or plants eat or drink to sustain life is considered food. I'd like to think humans have moved beyond simple sustenance as a qualification for food. Food is family, celebrations, comfort, love. Slipped under the table to the family pooch, licked off fingers, slurped, gobbled, savored. Food is definitely more than sustenance. The Make it Gourmet collection includes food items that are a cut above the ordinary. Other items are gourmet helpers, mixes or utensils that bring gourmet to the table faster. And on busy days when its hard to catch one's breath, it's especially nice to be able to set the table with a gourmet taste with minimal time and effort.