True, I do not consider myself a gourmet. I love lots of flavors, lots of cuisines and ...horror of horrors, I often combine them in less than traditional ways. But please....
...read this NYTimes article about French chefs wanting to French cuisine named a World Heritage Treasure.
Am I the only one who thinks this is the ultimate snobbery? And am I the only one who loves to explore different cultures, through awesome meals and find wonderful connections...like French influence on Vietnamese and North African dishes or Old World traditions brought to the New World hundreds of years ago ... and married to local foods and customs to create all kinds of unique dishes.
Perhaps it's because I'm Jewish and Jews for thousands of years have moved from country to country, continent to continent...not always by choice... For that long a periood, Jews have kept their traditions but within the framework of local food and food customs. Jews from the Mediterranean and North Africa, India & China are called Sephardi, while Jews from Europe and the old Soviet Union are called Ashkenazai. The spices and staples are unique to each region and one of my personal joys this time of year especially ( Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah is around the corner) is to try and have many different Jewish regional foods represented.
Anyway...enough ranting, but does making French cuisine a world heritage treasure mean other cuisines are less wonderful? less valid? less worthy of note??????
What's your take on the article...or am I over reacting?