Thursday, March 28, 2013

Anthony Bourdain on slow food

There's a summary of celebrity chef Antony Bourdain's quip on the logistics of slow food (SOLE food, local food) that's been in my brain ever since I read it in The Locavore's Dilemma. The only way to get it out is to paste it here.

Bourdain is a food hedonist, and has little truck with those who want to load up our eating habits with moralism. Consider the way he wades into the so-called ‘Mother of Slow Food’ and the epitome of Californian organic, locally produced cuisine, Alice Waters. Bourdain notes that the labour-intensive, pastoral vision that Waters promotes means that either lots of the citizens of wealthy countries like America and Italy are going to have to take up farming again - unlikely - or ‘we’ll revert to the traditional method: importing huge numbers of poor brown people from elsewhere - to grow those tasty, crunchy vegetables for more comfortable white masters.

The paragraph is from a review by Rob Lyons of one of Bourdain's books.

No comments:

Post a Comment