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Food Porn Friday: An Open Letter

Foie gras jelly doughnut, aka "Death by Appetizer: The Scott Gold Story."

Dear NolaVie readers,

Please find, pictured above, a photograph of one of the more egregiously delicious things I have ever eaten in my entire life: a foie gras jelly doughnut (if you would like to know more about the experience, get the full story here).

I realize that there are conflicting emotions and ideals involved when it comes to foie gras.  Usually, I resist getting baited into a philosophical discussion about food ethics concerning the practice of gavage (the intentional - but not necessarily "forced" - fattening of a bird's liver for the purposes of gastronomy).

But today, I say: To hell with that.  You have feelings about foie gras?  I know I do.  I think it's awesome.  It's a very special dish, an almost religiously delicious dining experience, and I cherish it.  I love its rich and millennia-old history, and, when practiced responsibly, I feel that producing or enjoying foie gras is in no way any less ethical than eating commercial beef, and WAY less humane than eating factory-raised poultry.  Lord, I'd rather be a foie gras duck than a McNugget chicken, a million times over.

So consider the gauntlet thrown, readers.  This is your chance.  I'm taking all comers.  Riddle me this:

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT FOIE GRAS?

Bring it.  Yours sincerely,

Scott

Native New Orleans food writer Scott Gold, author of The Shameless Carnivore and a blog by the same name, has written for GourmetEdible BrooklynThe Faster Times, and other publications. His Food Porn Friday column for NolaVie offers a weekly mouth-watering photo designed to start culinary conversations in the Big Easy. Catch his weekly food column for The Advocate here.


Native New Orleans food writer Scott Gold, author of The Shameless Carnivore, has written for Gourmet, The New Orleans Advocate, Gambit, ThrillistEdible Brooklyn, Tasting Table, The Faster Times, and other publications. His Food Porn Friday column for NolaVie offers a weekly mouth-watering photo essay designed to start culinary conversations in the Big Easy. Find him on Twitter @scottgold.