Pass the salt and pepper, please
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Dear, Mr. Italy

QUESTION:
Here in America I see today’s chefs put salt and black pepper on EVERYTHING! But yet when I travel abroad, I rarely see black pepper used much at all, especially in Italy. And growing up Italian-American, I don’t remember my mom and grandmothers using it much either. What’s the real story?
Gina Raggazina, Brookline, Mass.
 
ANSWER:
True, American chefs use salt and black pepper on virtually everything and it is too bad that this is just plain boring and not the reality of true Italian cooking. Italian cooking is all about the purity of each ingredient, and additional salt, pepper, and spices are used sparingly.
 
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