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Gastronomic diplomacy

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By Nam Sang-so

Birds and bugs swallow their prey without tasting them while bees and ants taste with their feelers. Butterflies and flies are known to check food with their front legs to determine its edibility. And they, including dogs and cats, won't get tired of eating the same food for every meal.

Mankind, however, needs an unending variety of stimulants. It seems that the ultimate purpose of life is simply to eat fine, varied cuisine and to have a beautiful wife or a rich husband. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French epicure, said it well: Tell me what you eat, I will tell you what you are.

Cooking is one of the oldest arts and the one that is the most important service in civil life. The famed........

© The Korea Times