SOME SAY, “IT’S ONLY FOOD.”

In case you missed this one. When cooking is the center of your life and you begin to understand its historic, cultural, economic, artistic and social significance, then this topic really strikes a chord.

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I remember reading a post from a well-know chef who proclaimed that cooking is not a life or death trade, it is, after all, only food. I am sure that his point was to remove some of the “holier than thou” references associated with celebrity chefs and restaurants, but still, the statement made me wonder. After a bit of cursory research I found some interesting facts to begin with:

  • There are 16,700 results for “It’s Only Food” through Google
  • There are over 1 billion results for “Food” using the same resource
  • The United States boasts somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 culinary college programs
  • The National Restaurant Association counts more than 990,000 free-standing restaurants in our country (not including business and industry accounts, hospitals, schools and office complexes)
  • More than 13.5 million people work in the U.S. restaurant industry, that’s 10% of the workforce
  • There are 2.2 million farms in the…

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