03 February 2009

Gastronomic Racism

There is arising in Italy a movement to ban ethnic food restaurants, anything that is not Italian. This would be nothing too concerning, a nationalistic lark, except it is actually getting some substantive political support (read here). While I like to see enthusiasm for traditional, regional and ethnic cuisine, like the French passion for raw milk cheese, I find the legal suppression of competing food cultures pretty shocking. Though I'll admit, the legal suppression of McDonalds I might be open to.

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