It seems that now the latest car, bag, phone or gadget is trumped by what we eat. At the golf club while quaffing the finest scotch the topic of conversation is no longer car related. Now, one might be more likely to hear, “Have you tried a rare white truffle.” To which the reply would most likely start off a whole conflab.
Now it becomes interesting. It is now a competition to see who has the best/biggest/most expensive or most exclusive truffle. It seems the truffle is becoming an innuendo. Don’t get me wrong, this is not exclusive to fungi. The winner will be the one who travelled to the Piedmont region, bought a Truffle Hog and hiked around forests to discover his own truffle. Any other truffle related story is overlooked.
If your chicken is free-range this will be surpassed by a corn fed free range bird. This in turn will be bettered by an organic, corn fed, free range chicken. Only if you have organically and free rangedly farmed your own chickens will you be able to say check mate. These kind of conversations can be applied infinitely and everyone will leave the conversation with an opinion. However, even if you have the best chicken in the world if you don’t treat it right or cook it well, what’s the point?
The more natural and local the food the better. I am fully supportive of this and I love the way the farmers’ market is the new designer boutique. Everyone seems to be getting back to their roots. Food should be enjoyed and celebrated but perhaps not the source of competitions. There is so much more interest in what we put in our mouths now and I’m sure others agree a happy mouth means a happy heart.
Let us hope that the comeback of food is forever.
All That I’m Eating