World Heritage Sites: Tasty?
When the World Heritage committee designates a man-made structure like the Taj Mahal or a natural creation like the Grand Canyon as a World Heritage site, the place draws tourists and creates national pride, among other things. Currently, the list has 851 sites natural and cultural worldwide that have "universal value."
Now the French want their food listed as a World Heritage.
Should gastronomy be added to a list of tangibles, like the Great Barrier Reef and Ankor Wat? I personally like well-prepared French food, but I also like a good bowl of spaghetti and don't think it's a bowl of universal value. What's next?
It's not like the French don't already have a pretty good representation on the World Heritage site list -- 32 sites compared with, for example, 20 in the United States.
The issue will be pushed at a press conference on May 20 when 155 Grands Chefs from Relais & ChÃ¢teaux join from around the world to support the French initiative to inscribe its gastronomy as a UNESCO world heritage.
Hubris, I say. You?
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