Joseph Littleshoes wrote: > > > French and Chinese are classic examples of this but Indian fits very > well also. And the more expensive the restaurant is the less likely it > is to exemplify the food of the people of the culture it is > representative of, except in the most general way. > > Both China and India have had for a very long time, much longer than the > west, the concept of "fast food" street vendors selling quickly and > easily prepared foods of the people, but once you get these cooks inside > a building, they begin to tart up their food in order to attract a more > select clientele. > > In the west the restaurant we know to day is of fairly recent > development. And owes much to the French revolution. > There are lots of places in the world where a lot of people live in a room or small apartment without decent facilities for cooking. In places like that they get their food from food vendors. I know several people who have done the English teaching thing in the orient and they all got into the habit of eating out most of the time. One niece recently went to Korea where she says you can get a darned good meal for under $5. It's hardly worth cooking at home for that price. When large numbers of people are getting their food from the vendors and restaurants, it is safe to say that the food of the restaurants is the food of the people.