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Sharp Knives, Raw Meat and Fire


For many years now, one of the most off-putting, most annoying phrases I hear is “Gourmet”.  Whenever something is called “Gourmet”, I immediately think it’s cheap.  This might be the exact opposite of what is intended, but that’s what happens.  If something needs to be called “Gourmet”, it’s not.  It’s not even close.  Fine food is Gourmet.  This doesn’t mean complicated food.  It doesn’t mean expensive food.  It means fine food.  My Grandfathers beans are gourmet.  A perfectly made omelet, not dry, not runny, is gourmet.  It doesn’t mean anything other than just perfectly made.  Beef Wellington, fresh out of the oven, the beef pink and juicy, mushrooms soft, not mushy and foie gras not gamy, that’s gourmet, too.

I guess, gourmet means made by hand WELL.  Gourmet doesn’t come in a box, it doesn’t come in a bag from your freezer, it doesn’t come in a bottle.  You make gourmet food, sometimes, even I do.  The supermarket doesn’t, Unilever doesn’t, General Foods doesn’t.

Make your own gourmet food.  Need to start simple because you can’t cook…YET?  Figs and Riesling.  Buy fresh figs and eat them while drinking a decent Riesling.  Trust me – that’s a food pairing so sublime, so mind-blowing, it’s Gourmet.


April 29, 2008 - Posted by | Random Blather


  1. I like gourmet hampers. by the way nice blog

    Comment by su | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Argee 100%. Gourmet should be simple. Simply, but perfecty done. Easy, thus fun and delicious. Ingredients, technics and passion are the keys! Keep it simple – get a “gourmet”!

    Comment by yanadidyk | August 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’ve never really thought of this, but you are absolutely right. I love it when I see in the grocery store that some processed, easily made cheese is gourmet. Get real! I agree with the omelet bit too. That may be my breakfast tomorrow, it’s been too long.

    Comment by caviar | October 2, 2009 | Reply

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