Andrew Zimmern said that on one of his shows the other day (there's a chance I misremembered and the quote is actually a loose paraphrase, but I digress ...).
Do you agree with that notion?
Can a person understand a particular culture without coming to grips with that culture's food?
For example, could a person truly grasp what "Americana" is all about without accepting the burger, hot dog, the backyard bbq, oversized portions, Coca-Cola, french fries, etc.?
It would be difficult, if not impossible, in my opinion.
Maybe there are certain cultures that are easier to understand without first accepting their cuisine, but to totally disregard the food makes it impossible to fully understand a particular culture.