During my interview with Jose Andres, the nation’s reigning James Beard Foundation award winner for outstanding chef dropped Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s famous dictum, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” He was trying to make a point, I believe, about America’s lack of interest in its own gustatory past.
“I believe the vast majority of us we eat, but we don’t know who we are,” Andres said. “You don’t have to care. You’re not obliged to care, but I think it’s important that everyone cares about who they are through their foods.”
His new America Eats Tavern provides a window into the nation’s culinary history and, more than that, makes an argument that the country’s cuisine is worth preserving and celebrating. You can read about his pop-up restaurant here, then you can ask him all manner of questions about it during our chat at noon tomorrow.
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