Food, like eating, is a powerful image. Foods may be scenery, or may be central images in the dream. Who prepared the food can also be an important detail to understanding what it means. For example, if there is a bowl of potato salad like Aunt Sally used to make and she has been dead for two years, Aunt Sally, or her personal influence, may be important to dream insights.
Excessive amounts of food may herald fertility, gluttony, or wealth. (How did the excessive food get into the dream and how did people in the dream react to its presence?) It may be that you or others have divergent views of what constitutes excess or gluttony. Provision and fertility often go hand-in-hand: You may dream of needing more food than another because you believe you have additional responsibilities. It may be that the food was acquired simply because the means existed to acquire it-this can mean wealth or benevolence, depending on what becomes of the food.
Fresh food may be a sign of renewal. This can present itself as needing to get fresh food (take a sabbatical), having fresh food (feeling as though this is a renewing place you're dreaming of), or harvesting (being in touch with nature or feeling proud of work ou've accomplished).
Spoiled food is a sign of waste, excess, gluttony, or mismanagement. These dreams often carry a sense of repulsion for the loss, order, or appearance of the food. Have you ever struggled with your weight, food as a comforter, or an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?
Were you put in uncomfortable positions because of food and others forcing you to eat unwanted items or unsatisfactory quantities? Do the foods in the dream correspond to significant persons in any of these emotional transactions?