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July 17, 2012


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The melting pot, in culinary terms, has been something not 'applied' but 'extant' throughout history, at all places - even before there were nations and national identity.

Food is not a stable thing that is one thing and nothing else. This idea is imaginary, and exists only in the minds of people who refuse to look beyond their own noses (or shall I say, tongues).

People travel, have always traveled, and have carried the foods and cooking ideas/techniques of their 'native lands' along with them. This foments change, since any good cook likes to try to better their skills and their recipes.

The reference point in time where any given dish can be called 'authentic' is short, and even then there are bound to be arguments over true authenticity. There is no God of Authenticity who rules over these things, only individual humans who generally try to make laws and denominations for purposes of financial gain by creation of product or of brand. (This is not anything new, either, it has been going on since time immemorial).

Finally, it comes down to two things: Creative ability and good taste. Some people have these things, some people don't. If they do, beauty ensues. If they don't, you get ugly, and you get monsters.

So don't blame it on the melting pot, blame it on the human being with bad taste and lack of creative ability. ;)

Well said Karen. And I agree with you. Thanks for stopping by.

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