Thursday, March 11, 2010

Salty Dog’s

New York is at it again with legislation aimed at restaurants; trying to ban salt from prepared foods and not having it available on tables. This is starting to get a little ridiculous. Are they going to ban colas too? They have a high amount of sodium content. It reminds when they passed a law banning trans-fat. Well guess what? Most restaurants had already rid the trans-fat well before the law took effect because it was market driven to do so. This is capitalism.

The government simply should not legislate about something they simply do not understand. It is not like chef’s are adding large amounts of salt to foods, but rather the foods we buy often have salt in them that we prepare. Butter for example or solution added chicken breast. Please stop looking for ridiculous ways to increase your coffers by fining restaurants for serving salt! I can just see the Salty Dog Police Force now! Please…

I would like to play devil’s advocate for a moment however. What makes a good chef better is how well they extract flavor from protein, spices, or legumes. I can see the possibility of a salt-free restaurant popping up in the near future just to prove that you can cook without salt added. Good chef’s can cook this way, but they have to change their paradigm and possibly become better chefs in the process. The irony is that they could use MSG as a salt substitute, but the market drove this out as well. Almost… Read that story here…


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