Dillbert, i certainly didn;t mean that people who LIKE or PREFER unsalted butter are snobs. (I really don;t see how you could interpret what i said that way.)
Far be it for me to declare anything on personal taste - i have some bizarre tastes indeed, (like i prefer american filter coffee over espresso! heaven forfend!), but i was referring to those who say unsalted is the ONLY good butter to use. THAT is a snobbery. That's pretentious. That's pedantic. That assumes that personal taste is irrelevant, and that some standard must be upheld, because it follows Someone's taste - Someone being Someone who knows more than anyone. And i have also picked up the implication (oh yes, in one or more of my many many cookbooks), that unsalted butter is european and therefore preferable. Not in so many words, but it was implied.
(By the way, i don;t know about france and germany, but in italy it is very hard to find salted butter, and teh only salted butter i have ever found is from denmark (Lurpak) or from France (President). Maybe they do make it here, but since i;ve been looking for it for years, i can say I have NEVER found italian salted butter. Maybe it exists, but they're hiding it somewhere!)
I can understand if you like sweet butter - i can get it, i know the taste you refer to - I just find it bland and boring. Maybe i'm not subtle enough, certainly a possibility. But I like salt so much i could be a goat, so maybe that's why i don;t like it. But everyone should use whatever butter they like. Not use one because someone says it's "better".
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