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I was watching "A Cook's Tour" last night and I was engrossed the whole show. This is what I would like to do after I graduate from J&W. I truly respect Anthony Bourdain, he is going out on the edge of the culinary world sampling various cultures foods and cusuine(sp?). What better way to learn about a people and their culture then to sit at the table with them and eat what they eat. Food is the one thing that everyone in the world has in common and what better way to "break the ice" then to eat with people you dont know. I have also watched Bobby Flay's show, but I don't care for it. When I've watched the show and hes on with another chef, I get the feeling from the way he talks and acts towards them that he is looking down on them and I feel he shows absolutely zero respect.
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I agree with the thought that to get the best authentic meals in America, as far as other cultures go, get into the people's lives and homes. Chinese restaurants tend to have the menu they give to the "roundeyes" vs. what they offer those of Asian descent, if they request it.

And the nachos and burritos you get in Mexican restaurants? In Mexico, those dishes don't exist. So an authentic Mexican restaurant shouldn't even serve them, but it's what Americans like, and order, so they do, for the perfectly logical reason that they make money!

Go out and ask. It's so amazing sometimes what you can do, if you just ask. =)

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