Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alice Waters Debunks Charges Of Food Elitism; Reasoning Similarly Applies To Any Allegations Of Purported Beer Elitism

From Grub Street:
Last [week's] 60 Minutes profile of Alice Waters pinned the rise of the organic food movement (and its ubiquity) on the heralded chef. Reporter Lesley Stahl called Waters “gentle and dreamy,” but also “a steamroller” who is pushing to alter food culture in this country.

No news to Grub Street readers, but this is likely the first time many Americans have even heard Waters’s name.

While it’s hard to imagine the mainstream abandoning microwaves and cooking eggs over a wood-burning stove like Waters, she did counter charges of food elitisim. “I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that's not elitist,” she said.

At which point, we’d make the following analogy:

Overly processed, non-fresh food is to generic, mass-produced, watered-down beers. As organic, herbicide-free, local food is to high-quality local, craft, beer.

And then we’d say, “Everybody deserves to drink such beer. And believing as much is not elitist.”

The Defense rests.

America Meets Alice Waters on 60 Minutes [ Grub Street ]

Barclay Prime Rocks Local Beers With Its New "Pub" Menu, Showing The Kids (Read Table 31, Pub & Kitchen) How It's Done

[ Photo via The New York Times ]

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