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Chili Is a Local Specialty With a Specific History. Beans Are Not Part of That History.

MGZ | Jan 31, 201505:09 AM

Well, the "Link" format picked the click-bait title from the article I linked to. Personally, I think I would've gone with either "Can We Trust the State the Gave Us Bush to Know Something About Beans?" or a paraphrase of the words the Bard put in the Prince of Denmark's Mouth: "To Bean or Not to Bean."

Either way, it's a fun read, so long as you let yourself hear the tongue in the author's cheek. Otherwise, it's preposterous dribble worthy of the knee-jerk ire that permeates so much of the comment section. I mean, let's fact it, boiling a protein in a pot with chiles is a pretty damned ancient food in the Western Hemisphere.

In the end, it all really gets us back to thinking about the indefinite concept of authenticity and led me to the following conclusion: Authenticity is like God, feel free to believe in it, but acknowledge the futility of trying to prove it, and spare us the holier than thou bullshit if you must talk about it.

Chili Is a Local Specialty With a Specific History. Beans Are Not Part of That History.

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