Re: [gardeners] OT: Recipe for the season

Catharine Vinson (
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 13:47:17 +0000

Penny wrote:

> Well, Catherine, since I've never been to India, and all
> the Indian cooking lessons I have taken did not differentiate,
> I was not well informed. 

Doesn't that just make you want to spit! To pay good money to a teacher 
who turns out not to be qualified in the subject he/she "teaches." I hope 
you can get a refund, because you surely were short-changed. 

The relationship between a culture and its cuisine is central....the 
creation and enjoyment of good food is so much more than a matter of 5 
Tbls of this, a cup of that. As the Chinese are fond of saying, "before 
you can create a cookbook, you must understand philosophy"  
(rough paraphrase). Just as Chinese cuisine is deeply influenced by  
differences and  interplay of Taoism and Confucianism, so too is Indian 
cuisine inextricably bound up with the traditions and beliefs of the Hindu 
and Muslim faiths. Shame on your teachers for failing to give you, their 
student, an understanding and appreciation for these facts. Nothing is 
sadder than seeing 'training' confused with 'education.'