Friday, February 11, 2011

God bless America - let's eat!

Here in the land of the free, home of the Braves--or the Sox, if you prefer--we embrace food from all nations. We may be a bit tentative at first, but maybe because America is a "melting pot," we're willing to try just about any type of cuisine.

Thank goodness we're not in Iran! This headline caught my eye because my son loves chicken alfredo.

Can Chicken Alfredo Cause a Revolution?

by Tanya Steel
on 02/09/11 at 11:30 AM

In a word, yes, according to Ali Darabi, deputy head of Iran's state broadcasting company.

"From now on, teaching how to cook non-Iranian dishes is banned," proclaimed Darabi to Aftabnews, a state-owned news web site, and effective immediately, all non-Iranian cooking shows are gone from the country's 30 television channels. The Associated Press reports that despite the fact that Chinese, Indian, and Italian cuisine are very popular throughout Iran, the government has decided that showcasing the glories of other cuisines could cook up trouble, or at the very least, result in a generation making mediocre lamb kababs. Given what's going on in Egypt, it seems autocratic governments would want to appease their populace with more food shows, not less.

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Sara Thompson said...

I think that when governments (or rulers) feel that things are out of control they make the weirdest decisions. I know, in part, it's to distract from the real problem but really.

Donis Casey said...

Great Scott!