What does ‘authentic’ mean? People exult in finding an authentic Indian restaurant, or Chinese or Mexican or Italian, but what does that mean?
Bufalo mozzarella, shipped to the US, is absolutely made in Italy, but by the time it gets to the States..it’s old mozzarella. Wouldn’t it be more true to the Italian spirit to find a good local mozzarella maker and eat super fresh cheese? I think so.
The reason people travel is to experience new places, new flavors. If you eat a delicious linguine made with clams from the Adriatic while you are in Italy, then go back home and make the dish with clams from the North Atlantic, is the dish no longer authentic? The recipe is authentic, but the ingredients aren’t from the Adriatic. More importantly, does it matter? Not if it’s delicious.
Jeff shook up some frosty cold Margurita’s on the roof, just as the sun went down.
A richly flavored pork and guajillo chile stew, accented with charred tomatoes and onions. YUM.
Was our dinner authentic? If Mexicans enjoy a tasty, casual, raucous dinner…then our dinner was Mexican in every respect.