CMN and world heritage food culture

The other day I was half-watching a segment on CNN about the newly designated world heritage status of Neapolitan pizza. They had invited a chef to come on the show and demonstrate how to make a pizza. The hosts of the show kept pushing him to spin the dough in the air, repeating the “fact” that this is what made Neapolitan pizza so special and worthy of the world heritage status. But the chef kept saying, “We don’t do this in Naples.” He explained that they do “flip” the dough on the counter, but that the in-air spinning wasn’t a Neapolitan tradition. It was funny (depressing, really) to watch this lack of communication happen.

Anyway, it made me think about how annoying CNN is these days. Everything is “Breaking News” even if they’re repeating the same story for the 10th time. And they play the same commercials about a million times an hour. The latest is the Morgan Freeman one for Turkish airlines, which was replayed — I’m not joking — 6 times in the hour I had CNN on. I call it CMN (commercial network). I know certain world leaders criticize CNN and other media for being “fake news” and I don’t want to perpetuate that, but I do wish they’d make it easier to like  and support them.

As for world heritage food cultures, it was four years ago that washoku was given world heritage status. Time flies.

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Sumo and squid

This video suggests we might try something new for Thanksgiving dinners: instead of the traditional turkey, why not eel?

It’s kind of tongue-in-cheek, but maybe the point is to rethink our stubborn adherence to certain traditions. My family in the U.S. laughed when I told them that on Thanksgiving, I was watching sumo and eating dried squid jerky (するめ).

Here in Japan, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, though we do have a holiday with a similar name at around the same time. What I suggest is moving away from the “traditional” chicken I see EVERYWHERE on December 24th and 25th here, and try some eel. Or tempura. Or oysters. Or curry. Or anything except that ubiquitous chicken.