We are two people (Vic and Anyes) who love the world. People, tradition, culture, and landscapes fill us with joy and wonder. And through all of our exploration, the one thing that ties together everything we love is food.
Food is so much more than fuel. It speaks of our entire cumulative history. A culture's cuisine reflects its history of migration, war, trade routes, and politics. It is a direct result of the landscape of a place. It can express our spiritual ideas and values. A person's food preferences reveal something about their heritage, social status, personal past; even their fears, anxieties, and longings.
We love food not only because it is delicious, but because food is life. It is family, tradition, history, memory. It is both a conscious and unconscious communication.
We are not professional chefs, nor are we professional food reviewers. We come from humble backgrounds and from cultures where food brings people together, is symbolic of friendship, and cultivates a sense of community. We sincerely appreciate humble noshing, while at the same time we have have been fortunate to have achieved some measure of success, allowing us to travel widely and experience culinary artistry as well. Put simply, we love food, we love the people who passionately prepare food, and we love sharing food with friends.
Though we are not food professionals, we are passionate food lovers. We are so fortunate that friends and work associates often seek to dine at our table or ask our recommendations when they are planning their own food adventures. We talk about food. We dream about food. We read about food. We prepare food at home and enjoy meeting those who prepare food for us. We love hypnotically good pictures of food. And, of course, we love eating food.
So it is with great pleasure we started Culinary Slut, a shameless expression of our passion.
This is not a food review site. We do not pretend or purport to be professional food critics. The reason for this is simple, and is best explained by this quote from the classic food movie Ratatouille:
In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends.
With this in mind, you will not find negative reviews on Culinary Slut. While we may poke fun at times, it is as much at ourselves for risking food that we know is not haute cuisine as it is at the food itself. Instead, we’re here to have fun and share our culinary adventures with you.
We also share with you our love of humble travel and hiking. We can be found exploring our own homeland or in far-flung exotic locales. We are eager to share all our discoveries with you as we explore this wonderful world.
We hope you enjoy.