Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Forbidden Foie Gras

Can a state ban certain foods? Surprisingly yes ,as in the case of California versus pate lovers. The Golden State is getting more animal friendly by banning the delicacy, elating animal and geese lovers and enraging foie gras enthusiasts. It makes for a not so pretty stand off.

This was the topic of an article and debate in today's New York Times Dining section. The piece, written by newcomer Jesse McKinley, tells of the battle that is waging.As of July 1st of this year the delicacy will be banned . The bill, drafted by former California legislator, John Burton  likens the  centuries old practice to water boarding and female genital mutilation along with medieval torture. Animal rights activists are ecstatic over this. Chefs and gourmets are fighting it despite the fact they have less than three weeks to push for an overturn.It will not be easy. The Humane Society of the United States is also pulling for more protection of other animals such as calves, chickens, hens and cattle. Our dietary habits may change for the better because of this. Already New York and Hawaii are thinking of similar foie gras bans too.

In the meantime chefs are making lush "last meals" using the liver.There will be sumptuous dishes served at various restaurants throughout the state. A restaurant in the famed posh town of Pebble Beach offers a seven course meal  with all the courses revolving around foie gras. It costs $200 and does have a lot of pate enthusiasts lining up for it, Goose liver is a very versatile medium to work with. Chefs like the fact that they can saute it, along with serving hot or cold.It' has a butter soft texture and can be easily molded into different shapes. Most cooks use it in sauces. Of course duck liver can be used in its' place as many chefs are already doing such. However duck liver doesn't have the smooth taste or silky creaminess that the other has.

Will other states forbid this delicacy. Much to the chagrin of gourmets and gourmands, it is leaning that way. Yet it saves the geese - which is a big plus. Besides the liver is too rich anyway,

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