The Most Maligned Food in America?
One of the interesting tidbits I picked up was that the country hates caldoons. To be honest with you, I had never even heard of a cardoon, let alone eaten one, so it was surprising to me that it came up on the 'ick-list'...especially since all it seems to be is a cross between artichokes and celery. A textural element to a dish, but hardly something with a flavor to get exercised over.
Equally baffling was our distates for quail eggs. A quail egg tastes just like a normal egg. It's just small. Regular eggs weren't hated upon, so why hate on the quail? It's weird.
There were positives to note, however. Salsa remains America's number one condiment, having knocked out King Ketchup only within the past decade. Artisanal food is still in, which I hope will stay with us for a long time, since it helps with the mundanity in my day-to-day diet (so what if I eat a spinach and tomato salad with greek yogurt every day, if each day I try a different heirloom tomato??). Equally pleasing is the fact that supersizing and fast-food is out - are you listening, McDonalds - in favor of small plates (tapas anyone?) and family dinners. Who knows, soon we may actually become reacquainted with the lost art of conversation.
I won't hold my breath.
I don't know. I guess I'm just weird, even when compared to other people who share my interest in food like the audience reading and writing to Bon Appetit. My personal tastes seem to be more geared toward the South (likes: challenging recipes and food TV, hates: rice cakes and nutrition bars) than Northeast (likes: family dinners and pasta machines, hates: jerky and edamame). Of course the Midwest splurges describe me best: lobster, lobster, and more lobster! It just goes to show you - we might try and regionalize, but when it comes right down to it, we're a global nation, folks!