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How Chef Yotam Ottolenghi Reset the Table

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

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In North American culture, we revere meat.  It’s delicious and filling and has a lot of tradition behind it, and when extremist vegans and vegetarians go after meat, many of us feel immediately defensive.  Having more vegetables and fruits in our diet only helps us, but the extreme approach certainly seems…joyless.  Here is a chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, who turns that approach on its head by concentrating on flavor, taste, and texture of vegetables first — he knows that the proof is ultimately in what you eat.

We like what he has to say here:

“We should make very conscientious decisions about what we eat and why, but I think the first priority is flavor and taste. What I see now—in America and elsewhere—is a kind of obsession with food politics that really is how people get to know food. My feeling is that you need to begin by immersing yourself in food in an unmediated way, just eat something delicious and love it. I think discussion about food and politics becomes a substitute to eating, and that’s a tradition that I really don’t like.”

For more, follow the Via link below.

 

Photo credit to Erik Madigan Heck/GQ

via http://www.gq.com/story/yotam-ottolenghi-cookbook

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