Cuisine: (n) a style or quality of cooking
The things that tickle me might make one believe that I’m a cynic (if you didn’t know how adorable I am).
I can barely contain myself from laughing out loud when people pronounce the word “cuisine,” putting as much French pastry in their accent as possible.
“Cuisine” is all part of this notion that people on Earth are different from one another because of their preferences. Actually, it seems we are still trying to divide one another up like a box of Crayolas, by color. Oh, people throw a fit when they hear me say that. We all want to believe we’re enlightened and free of prejudice.
But let me tell you something very simple about cuisine:
All the people of the Earth, in their diet, have a bread, a potato-like substance, and a meat.
How they make their bread or what their potato looks like or what meat they may choose depends on what’s available.
I could travel all over the world and have no problem at all.
I would just ask, “So what is your bread, what is your potato and what is your meat?”
I think cuisine becomes interesting due to the fact that we can appreciate how each human being (who is so much like us) chooses his or her way to fill their plate.
Honestly, there are a few exceptions, but most cultures are not that fond of green, leafy vegetables, and even eat fruit only on special occasions.
Certainly if they eat more of these fruits and vegetables, they’re healthier, but that doesn’t stop the Arab, the Israeli or the Russian from favoring their particular cholesterol-filled animal flesh.
In addition, every cuisine has its version of a sweet sauce, a barbecue sauce, a catsup and a mustard.
Check it out. You’ll find it hilarious.
So if you ever find yourself going to a restaurant where they’re serving the cuisine of Africa, just take a moment and taste some things.
Pretty soon you will find on your plate their interpretation of French fries, a roll with butter and a hamburger.