“Entertaining and cooking have become an integral part of how certain people demonstrate their cultural cachet,” said Joshua Schreier, a history professor at Vassar College who lives in Harlem and says he is a victim, and a propagator, of culinary anxiety. “There is a specific cachet that only a fiddlehead fern can convey. Saying, ‘I got this olive oil from this specific region in Greece,’ is like talking about what kind of car you have. And people don’t want to be associated with the wrong kind of olive oil. It becomes less about having people over and more about showing off your foodie credentials.”Culinary anxiety? Remind me not to invite ANY of these people over to my house for a meal. Frankly, if you are going to judgmental about the origin of the cheese I serve, well, you can go pay $200.00 for an equivalent meal at a restaurant and make the staff there miserable. At least they are getting tipped.
Worse, many of these folks, according to the article, have incorporated the "eat local" trend into this elitism. The last thing "eat local" needs to be is an exclusive club. There is nothing so basic and so fundamental as one's right and access to foods grown near home. Making this into an exclusive club can only harm the integrity of eating local. My opinion.
As far as a carbon footprint goes, using the tortilla example, these could easily be purchased from a local company that uses local ingredients, which makes far less environmental impact that say, you buying generic flour from the store and firing up the stove and tortilla press. I know for a fact that there is a Hispanic foods company down the road that makes far better tortillas than I ever will. Buying local is also a way to be green AND not make you a slave to your dinner guests.
When you come over to "The Kitchen" for a meal, we're just not uppity. And we don't wait on you, either. Grab a glass of wine, I will show you where everything is in the kitchen and you can even help. We eat family style. Kick off your shoes and just be comfortable. If the exact fork is not on the table, well, use the one you have. The food is good, the wine is good, the company is good. That's all that matters.
Speaking of being a good host, and a good guest, I have a few thank you notes to send to those who have hosted links to my content in various carnivals.
Cindy at Wisdom of Healing is hosting this week's Carnival of the Healthy and Fit Family. Thirty posts were submitted, and the Nutrition Series here made the cut. Many thanks to Cindy.
Arvind Devalia is hosting a vegetarian Carnival of the Recipes this week at his site, Thoughts and Words.
The Carnival of Family Life is hosted this week at Down with the Kids.
Carnival of Green is hosted this week by Victoria E. The carnival covers all topics on "being green."
And, my take on the anti-diet-diet is featured here at FitBuff.com.
Many thanks to these fine hosts!