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It has to be authentic!


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It has to be authentic!

mollygirl | | Jun 25, 2009 11:21 AM

Wow, so many posts on the Chow site are searching for the “authentic” {fill in the blank}.

What exactly is it for which we are looking?

Webster defines “authentic” as

a: worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact <paints an authentic picture of our society> b: conforming to an original so as to reproduce essential features <an authentic reproduction of a colonial farmhouse> c: made or done the same way as an original <authentic Mexican fare>3: not false or imitation

By that definition just about any restaurant or any recipe is “authentic”. And, isn’t “authentic” really about personal interpretation?

A case in point: There is a taco shop down the street from me. The owner lived and traveled through much of Baja California. He describes his tacos as “a combination of many Baja traditions.” He even claims that his tacos are “the best in the county”! While the actual food is tasty and entirely edible, I think as tacos they are a horrible example. They are on soft flour tortillas, have pre-melted cheese, and soupy whole beans! How dare he call them tacos!

But that’s just my opinion, right?

So, when you want authentic, what is it you really want?

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