The Sanctity of Garlic

“Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime. Old garlic, burnt garlic, garlic cut too long ago and garlic that has been tragically smashed through one of those abominations, the garlic press, are all disgusting. Please treat your garlic with respect. Sliver it for pasta, like you saw in Goodfellas; don’t burn it. Smash it, with the flat of your knife blade if you like, but don’t put it through a press. I don’t know what that junk is that squeezes out the end of those things, but it ain’t garlic. And try roasting garlic. It gets mellower and sweeter if you roast it whole, still on the clove, to be squeezed out later when it’s soft and brown. Nothing will permeate your food more irrevocably and irreparably than burnt or rancid garlic. Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screw-top jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic.”

— Anthony Bourdain

 

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2 thoughts on “The Sanctity of Garlic

  1. Love love love this! Although I must say I am guilty of burning my garlic when I saute it, but that’s on purpose because I love the taste of burnt things. This is a brilliant quote though. You should check out the mashed cauliflower recipe I’m posting tomorrow night — I’ve already written it and scheduled it for publishing, and before I read this comment I had literally just written in the post “do NOT use the stuff from the jar!” 🙂

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