Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

A struggle, marked with food (an Iran post)

Chris DeBarr, chef, husband to Poppy Z. Brite, and one of the founders/lead cooks of the new French Quarter restaurant The Green Goddess, has been lovingly describing his creation of a non-pasta-based ravioli he's proud of. (Here's Part I.) In Part II, after he goes into the football-related causes of the dish's creation, he changes subjects:
Next week, I am writing a menu based on Persian food as we celebrate the long 4th of July weekend. I am so amazed by the courage of the people of Iran in their battle for freedom! So shouldn't we celebrate the meaning of liberty and the meanings of democracy on the 4th of July with some exotic cuisine from the frontlines in the battle for freedom, as we all realize that the people are never "the axis of evil."
Amen, good man. (I don't know him, but if docbrite vouches for Chris enough to his partner, then he's a good man.)

Struggle isn't pretty, or clean. It only looks pretty or clean from the perspective of years, decades, or centuries later. The American Revolution that we'll commemorate next weekend was difficult and often ugly, pretty paintings notwithstanding, and wasn't necessarily going to end with us succeeding in becoming the United States of America. Obvious truths, but one worth being made obvious again. In the meantime, we can mark another nation's struggle. Even with food.

Thank you for this commemoration, chefcdb.
Tags: politics

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