July 25th, 2009

Coles Philips

Writer's Block: Pick and Stick

If you could only eat one kind of cuisine—Mexican, Thai, French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, etc.—for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
I love each of those cuisines (although I haven't had much French - I did have some memorable French-Vietnamese fusion dishes, but that probably doesn't count.) However, if I was forced to eat only one, I'd go with Indian. I have never met an Indian dish I didn't at least like, and most of the dishes I've had I've loved. I adore most of the condiments and nearly all the spices.

Also? Giving myself "Indian" cuisine is a bit of a cheat, because I'm granting myself the infinite variety of the sub-continent; I'd never get gastronomically bored. I mean, saying "Indian cuisine" is a bit - more than a bit, actually - like saying "African cuisine," or "European cuisine" or even "American Cuisine." All of those are large, and contain multitudes.