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Rick Bayless gets it right:

July 2, 2010

From Chef’s Story: 27 Chefs Talk About What Got Them into the Kitchen

“Translation is what I do and it is inspired by what I do in linguistics. A word-for-word translation means nothing. It won’t have the power. If you tried to speak Oaxacan in Chicago, it wouldn’t work. The corn is different.”

“But I also don’t serve such tacos, or grasshoppers, for that reason, because it turns a culture into strangers. People eat all parts of animals everywhere in the world pretty much except in the United States, where we’ve become so narrow about this stuff. I think that shows us to perhaps be lacking in our culture. People often ask me ‘What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten in Mexico? I heard that they eat armadillos.’ It’s saying ‘They’re weird down there.’ It makes it into the ‘other.’ And I want us to be together in this whole thing.”

Yes. Just…. yes.

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