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To Keith Re:Chowhounds in isolation

Neil Anderson | Feb 7, 200006:15 PM     1

Regarding Keith's exile in southern Oregon, I can say I relate. Living on the Maine coast, which is a fine place to live in many regards, I have had to do much of my chowhounding in a highly secondary manner. While there are restaurants, some of them good, we do lack to a large degree the 'ethnic' eateries which are the grist to the chowhound's mill. And if I can say so, the lack of robust competition serves to lower the standard of achievement of those places which do exist. For example, in my town there is no bread which I like to buy. I can drive an hour to a farm house where a couple is turning out naturally leavened loaves from a wood fired oven, or 2 hours to Portland for a few more options. This privation, though, has driven me to learn to make pain au levain, an experience which has brought its own bounty, physical and metaphysical. And it should be said that secondary sources are essential in fending off the spiritual isolation of the rural 'hound. The writing of Patience Gray or John Thorne, or many others has pulled me from many a precipice of culinary despair. Of course I enjoy the local resources as much as circumstances allow, and travel when I can. One must, after all, seek rejuevenation at chow meccas. (I am currently aquiver with plans to go to NYC soon!) Happy chowing to all.-Neil

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