Eddie Lin's "Extreme Cuisine" Pisses Off Entire Country. And It's Not Even in Stores Yet!
The offending entry.
What'd I say? What'd I say? I thought I wrote some very flattering stuff about the famous Scottish dish haggis, a delicacy consisting of the blackface sheep's viscera and cooked within its own stomach.
Apparently, the Scots didn't think so.
Read about the haggis hubbub here, here, here and here.
Frankly, I think this is a big misunderstanding rather than an international incident. "Extreme", at least to me, is a compliment. I think of it as being extraordinary.
JB Houston, if you're reading this, send me some of your best haggis and I'll throw my own Burns supper/haggis fete, video tape it and post it on my blog.
And citizens of Scotland, if it makes you feel better, foie gras is listed in my book too. (Just wait till the French get wind of that.) Peace.
Unless PC stands for "perverse connoisseur", then you need not worry that I get PC. I'm not sure I even know how to be PC. Thanks for the really nice comment.
That sounds like a Yogi Berra quote or something genius like that.
I couldn't afford to pay for publicity like that!
Hello to your wife!
I hope that durian, a South East Asian (and Indonesian) staple was included in the book. That would be a source of pride for me, an Indonesian.
Odd haggis is good haggis, my friend.
Food, She Thought,
You are correct. The more I re-read them the more amusing they get. I can't wait for the French response to foie gras, seriously!
I'll say hello to wifey for you!
Yeah, Scots, Braveheart, bravestomachs. What's the problem? Anyhow, it's press. I wish it would've come nearer to the book's release date on Oct. 23rd.
Durian is in the book. Was there ever any doubt? Thanks, man!
I ain't foreign. I'm American goddammit!!!
Not everybody is familiar with every food, Scotland. Cripes. I just had someone ask for recommendations for the best Caribbean food in Madison (WI), because that person's aunt was coming to town and hadn't ever heard of "such a thing" as Caribbean food.