Posts Tagged ‘food’

Food Rant #1: Do you like green eggs and ham?

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

I really can’t stand uninformed strong opinions about what is and is not good to eat.  If you really don’t like something, that’s fine, as long as you have seriously tried it and can articulate why you don’t like it (and don’t assume I won’t like it.)  Recently someone sent a series of pictures of a chinese market with (as it turns out, often incorrect) labels sensationalizing the food shown to a jokes mailing list, and clearly implied that it was amazingly funny that anyone would eat these things.  I find this attitude arrogant, closed-minded and, above all, sad: I believe it is a derivative of this that has led us (in the U.S.) to the three-flavors-of-cardboard — corn-fed chicken, beef and pork — that is the barren state of our butchers’ counters.  Moreover, conditioning rooted in these attitudes kept me away from one of the most amazingly wonderful cuisines I have ever had for far far too long: I still weep for every benighted moment that passed before I tried sushi!