Big celebrations in Boston to mark Julia Child’s 100th birthday on 8/12. No hard feelings, but seriously? Here’s a person who despised Italian food, saying she could not take it seriously because, “There’s not enough cooking.” For JC the food world outside France simply had little meaning. Implicit here–no, explicit–is a tamping down of other flavors, spirits, and ideologies.
For Child, the foods of Asia and Africa and South America, as well as the way they were prepared, were inferior to France. Not knocking France, but by disparaging other cultures, Child did more harm than good.
I know: It’s like criticizing Mother Teresa for being against abortion and birth control. (She was against these.)