This warrants serious analysis, I suppose: Is It OK To Profit From Cooking Other Cultures' Food?

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From NPR: Recently, we started a conversation about food and race. Specifically, we wondered out loud, who gets to cook — and become the face of — a culture’s cuisine?
Our question was prompted by a recent Sporkful interview with Rick Bayless, who has faced criticism over his long career. Although he is an Oklahoman with no Mexican ancestry, he has become one of the most prominent ambassadors for Mexican cuisine in America.
To be clear, this isn’t about Bayless. (Though the acclaimed chef did hop into the comments section to weigh in.) The question of who gets credit for a cuisine — and how they are compensated and feted — is one that comes up again and again in the food world. We asked readers to weigh in with their feelings about this squishy topic.
As with many things involving race and class in America, there are no easy answers — and we’re not expecting to find any clear-cut ones. We’re more interested in starting a conversation.
Here’s some of what we heard from you (go to the link to see the Tweets).
On one hand, many of you pointed out that cooking the cuisine of other cultures is a tangible way to connect. That’s part of what makes America a literal as well as figurative melting pot. At its heart, food is about identity — about where we came from — which is why the topic of cuisine and who cooks it can be so personal and complicated for some.
Many of you stressed the importance of approaching the cuisine of others with respect. And that means highlighting not just the ingredients, but also the culture behind a dish.
Some of you said what’s bothersome isn’t so much whether a person of one race or ethnicity is cooking the food of another culture. That can be done respectfully. The question, then, is more about opportunity — who has a chance to profit from making a cuisine?
We’re just kicking off this discussion. Over the coming weeks, we plan to keep digging into these ideas of where food, race and culture overlap — and we want to hear from you.
h/t Newsbusters
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Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Does this mean italians should pay royalties to the chinese every time the cook spaghetti noodles?

Alexa
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Alexa

RIf I am not mistaken Rick Bayless was an anthropologist before he ventured into Mexican cooking. He cleverly chose this industry probably while studying their customs and traditions as an anthropologist. Here is an interesting article about the ancient Mexican people’s foods and also saw a funny pic of Obama as a chia pet. Lol. https://mexicanfood1.wordpress.com/

EdK
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EdK

I am an American and as such I will cook and profit from whatever the hell I want to. If that offends you too bad.

Steven Broiles
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Political correctness leads to the institutionalization of mental illness! Or it will, soon enough! Let’s carry this to its logical conclusions, shall we? Since only Italians should cook Italian food, that would rule out spaghetti, as Marco Polo brought it back from China. But wait, there’s more: Only Mexicans should be allowed to cook Mexican food, and only San Fransisco natives of unknown origin should be allowed to cook Chinese food, as that was where our Chinese food originated. But wait, there’s more. As the lightbulb and the automobile were invented by white males, then only white males should be… Read more »

CalGirl
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Well, according to “Maslow’s Hierarchy” of needs to survive, FOOD is on the very bottom (basic) level…so…whatever is GOOD, we will eat. If we EAT WHATEVER is GOOD, then, I’m thinking….THAT’S what we will want to eat if it is available. Don’t care if it is camel cheese or Mexican salsa ….make it “GOOD” ( maybe bad for your heart, fat-laden, but flavorful and COMFORTING…..) and we will not only eat it…we will crave it, and raise the crops/livestock necessary to MAKE IT AVAILABLE to us 24/7. I totally “get” this whole concept. However…believe me…from someone who lives in So.… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

Oh boy DCG, this is shades of the all the PC and aggression from that story a week ago where the black women bullied the young white kid for having dread locks which she claimed he had no right to wear because he was ” culturally appropriating” them. https://www.dailywire.com/news/4465/cultural-appropriation-black-female-accosts-white-robert-kraychik This is the madness that ensues when the controllers under the guise of equality and celebrating diversity, are really up to promoting nothing but discord and heightening differences. I bet it would be OK for a Mexican to cook a meatloaf but as a White you are now culturally appropriating someone… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Gosh, this could get dicey. So many people have backgrounds that are considered chop suey, meaning coming from several cultures and back grounds.
Anyone and everyone should feel honored to see other people accepting their food and culture. Except, maybe the English, you don’t hear too many people actually wanting to cook the English food of old. Before anyone gets their panties in a wad, it was a joke. I have English blood, as well as several others.

CalGirl
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Glenn—you reminded me of an OLD JOKE: (and please…if you are PC….don’t read beyond this…it’s JUST A JOKE based on STEROTYPING—which itself can be a JOKE…..)
Heaven and Hell—–
Heaven Is Where:
The French are the chefs
The Italians are the lovers
The British are the police
The Germans are the mechanics
And the Swiss make everything run on time
Hell is Where:
The British are the chefs
The Swiss are the lovers
The French are the mechanics
The Italians make everything run on time
And the Germans are the police.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Loved it, and it holds a lot of truth.