Dan Barber’s Foie Gras Parable

gavage. The administration of food and drugs by force, especially to an animal, typically through a tube leading down the throat to the stomach.

According to Dan Barber, the chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, the Jews (and he is one himself) invented foie gras as we know it. They needed an alternative to schmaltz (rendered chicken or goose fat for cooking), and started using livers. The Pharaoh caught word of it and wanted some, and so they invented force feeding out of fear. For their lives, as Barber puts it.

Now something created out of fear is not invention necessarily meant to last, rather something to be a quick fix-it, get me out of this life or death situation, and then I will resume life as normal.

I’m not going to say any more on this. Dan Barber is quite brilliant. Watch his video to learn about the true foie gras, how balanced and non-violent and in accordance with the laws of nature it is. This is a chef who thinks beyond his own wallet. Let’s emulate.

Thanks Steve Sinnett for recommending this video.


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