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Food For Thought 2.27.09

"The enemy is not so much ethnic food, but food of poor quality. A bad Tuscan trattoria does more damage than a kebab shop." (Roberto Burdese, president of Slow Food, responding to the Italian town of Lucca--near Florence--and its effort to ban anything but native restaurants within city limits. No French, no Chinese and no Chicago-style pizza. The measure has sparked somewhat intense debate. Many have pointed out that such Italian staples as, say, tomatoes originated elsewhere. Quoted in The Christian Science Monitor.)

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