I got another message from a Bolivian woman angry at my comments about Bolivian food. Oh well, honesty just doesn’t jive with some people.
In any case, I understand her points. It’s true that I only spent a few days in Bolivia, and that I probably did not try the most traditional Bolivian dishes (honestly, I can’t remember what I had back then – just that it was not memorable), and I’m sure that cooked by an experience cook some Bolivian dishes would be wonderful. But if a cuisine does take years to learn, then it’s clearly not for me. What has been great about this project is discovering a whole lot of cuisines that are very accessible to a foreign cook.
In any case, here is her comment:
“I hate to disagree with you, Margarita, but Bolivian food is pretty remarkable. There is a wide range of choices of which you can pick from. It is obvious that you have never been there and therefore you don’t have any idea of what you’re talking about. So I suggest, that you first try it from somebody that knows how to cook well and not from yourself. It is like me trying to cook a foreign dish and judge it from my results which will obviously not be accurate to what the dish would actually taste like if I knew how to make it. Bolivian cuisine requires expertise and an amateur has no chance in making a succesful dish. It is a shame that you are using your website to undervalue something as rich as the delicous Bolivian cuisine, and the worst part is that you have no clue of what you are talking about. I can see that you have wasted time on your website and I pity you. ”