Have you noticed when the topic of Asian food arises, the issue of authenticity is never far behind? For the most part, we don't seem to care nearly as much if our croissants are authentic or even our burritos, but when it comes to our dim sum, ramen or kim chee, authenticity seems to be our measure of both deliciousness and credibility.
Recently I wrote a review of three Chinese cookbooks and I struggled with what was authentic. I'm not sure I know what makes any food authentic or if it's even that important. Preserving culinary traditions is important, but beyond that I'm just not sure.
Here's an event coming up that is worth checking out if you are passionate about Asian food and pondering over the issue of authenticity too...
Wait, is that Gravy with my Katsu?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Japanese Cultural & Community Center
1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115