I was referring to the subject as explored by John Horgan in this book.
I'm always reaching for an analogy. Science may not have ended, but perhaps cuisine is.
Ahh, here it is...
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 05:43 AM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:09 PM
And here I was thinking I may as well chuck it all and go back to being a rocker.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:41 PM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 04:41 PM
Hmm. Clearly I need a new career. Is punk rock dead yet?
Posted 04 May 2006 - 04:50 PM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 04:56 PM
I am working on a response to Daisy's suggestion that this culture has been with us always. But it's too long...
Meanwhile, his Lordship made an interesting point on the Istanbul thread, to the effect that the attempt of restaurateurs to attract an international dining clientele by mimicking E Bulli and Arzak is a threat to traditional Spanish regional cuisine.
I wonder if people detect analogous threats in, say, New York or London. Is it remotely possible in Manhattan today for a restaurant to open - in the mid-to-high sector of comfort and expense - which features a chef serving good renditions of recognizable dishes over a conventional three or four course dinner? I can think of one or two contenders - Country, perhaps? But these are far outnumbered by new openings which feature telegenic young chefs who are compelled to offer something new, something which they have just "invented" - which usually turns out to be odd combinations of ingredients with attendant foams and mousses and capuccinos, or good old fusion (usually under a different name) or at the very least food served on "small plates". Even Telepan, which otherwise seems fairly conventional, has a small plate section injected into the menu.
Posted 04 May 2006 - 05:57 PM
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 06:35 PM
Similarly, if more subtly, at craftsteak Collichio "elevates the concept of the steakhouse". Yes, it's a good ol' steakhouse, you'll recognize the food, don't panic! But hey, it's a new concept of a steakhouse, you aren't eating the same dinner as your daddy, don't panic!
Posted 04 May 2006 - 06:58 PM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 07:36 PM
Posted 04 May 2006 - 09:13 PM
I was thinking of the target market from the viewpoint of the restaurants.