Hungry for the new 渴望创新美味佳肴

Take Away English: Hungry for the new 渴望创新美味佳肴: Image

课文内容

词汇:Food 食物

What did you eat for lunch today? Did you choose this dish because it was healthy, cheap or because it was just very tasty? Are you a fussy eater or an adventurous gourmet?

I love exploring trends in food. 'Fusion cuisine' is not for everybody. My Italian grandmother would turn her nose up in disgust at the thought of tandoori pizza with mango topping but this marriage of tastes is perfectly fine in the 21st century. Chef and food writer Ching-He Huang, who presented a series on Chinese Food for the BBC, is a fan of the movement. She says: "Fusion has been happening for centuries, for as long as people have travelled, but with the internet, and global travel, the exchange of ideas makes the process much faster."

Wolfgang Puck is seen by many as one of the chefs who made 'fusion' elegant. He cut his teeth in his native Vienna and made a name for himself when he opened his own restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1970s. This European delved into Asian cuisine and became one of the first in a long line of celebrity chefs. He said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that initially he got negative responses from traditional American-Chinese restaurant owners but he is not bitter. "I believe authenticity is about evolution, not repeating your grandmother's recipe," he explains. "Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colours, there are only so many flavours – it's how you combine them that sets you apart."

My granny's cup of tea would be the Slow Food Movement. Founded by her countryman Carlo Petrini in the 1980s and still going strong, it seeks to preserve regional cuisine and the use of ingredients that are grown locally. Petrini wants to see farmers connected more directly with consumers.

All these trends give us food for thought. We might be wasting an exciting opportunity to wake up our taste buds when we scoff a sandwich at our desks. Tomorrow, why not find an exotic restaurant and enjoy a feast? You dress trendy so eat trendy!

词汇表

a fussy eater 吃饭挑剔的人
a gourmet 美食家
fusion (博取众长的)融合菜
to turn her nose up 嗤之以鼻
to cut his teeth 开始(练就厨艺)
to make a name for himself 成名
to delve into (something) 深入研究(什么东西)
bitter 充满怨恨的
the authenticity 真实性
a recipe 菜谱
the ingredient 食材
food for thought 引人深思
the taste buds 味蕾
to scoff 狼吞虎咽
feast 筵席,大餐
trendy 新潮时髦的、时尚的

测验与练习

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. What has made fusion cuisine more popular?

2. True or False? Wolfgang Puck was celebrated by everybody when he started mixing ingredients from different cuisines.

3. According to the chef who made fusion cuisine elegant, what makes for a good chef?

4. Why would the author's grandmother approve of the Slow Food Movement?

5. Which groups does Carlo Petrini want to get closer to each other?

2. 请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. John insists he is a good cook. Nobody ____________ his food.
cut his teeth in       makes a name       for turns his nose up to       bitter

2. The jeweller had to test the ____________ of the shining stone. Was it really a ruby?
authenticity     exotic       tradition       evolution

3. I love this cake! Could you give me ___________?
the taste       food for thought       fusion       the recipe

4. Don't ____________ your food. We have plenty of time for lunch.
serve       eat       scoff       taste

5. All these dishes! I'm honoured you prepared this ____________ for me.
feast       fussy eater       slow food       gourmet

答案

1. 阅读课文并回答问题。

1. What has made fusion cuisine more popular?
The internet and global travel increase the exchange of ideas of how to prepare dishes.

2. True or False? Wolfgang Puck was celebrated by everybody when he started mixing ingredients from different cuisines.
False. He was criticised by traditional American-Chinese restaurant owners.

3. According to the chef who made fusion cuisine elegant, what makes for a good chef?
Wolfgang Puck says that the way a chef combines a limited number of flavours is what sets him apart.

4. Why would the author's grandmother approve of the Slow Food Movement?
Because it preserves regional food and she likes to keep local traditions.

5. Which groups does Carlo Petrini want to get closer to each other?
Farmers and consumers.

2. 请你在不参考课文的情况下完成下列练习。选择一个意思合适的单词填入句子的空格处。

1. John insists he is a good cook. Nobody turns his nose up to his food.

2. The jeweller had to test the authenticity of the shining stone. Was it really a ruby?

3. I love this cake! Could you give me the recipe?

4. Don't scoff your food. We have plenty of time for lunch.

5. All these dishes! I'm honoured you prepared this feast for me.