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The Empire Strikes Back

2009_01_sf.gifFollowing the rash of recent Alice Waters criticism, you just knew the Slow Foodists would respond. Regarding the complaints of the fancy inaugural balls: "It is easy to dismiss these green apple gelee and celery root remoulade glorified meals as oh so rococo and, to some cynics, a bit Marie Antoinette-ish ... Presumably these dinners, which received quite a bit of media attention, have started a conversation about food in this country." And regarding the WaPo's claim that there's no central message (“What policy are they trying to change?”), Ruth Reichl responds, “We want to change it all!" [Civil Eats]