As far as emotions go, I could not agree more with you. My graduate psychological research consists of exploring human relationships, and specifically attraction to others. I have been wanting to tie in my interest with food to this line of research, and your idea on emotional connections really ties in to some questions I have been wanting to empirically investigate. More specifically, it may be interesting to approach food as another relationship we make. We get attracted to it for various physiological aspects (a good looking meal is as appealing as a good looking other), we get attached, we argue with it, we have make-up 'sex' with it (bingeing anyone), we can get repulsed by it; all these are really allusions to the dynamics of our relationships with others. Humans have a need to belong, and because we have such an impressive cognitive ability relative to other species, we may take that need to a whole new level and desire to belong with non-human others.