With so many other hot button news topics in play now, it was surprising to see not one, but two sushi-themed op-ed pieces in Sunday's New York Times.
Apparently we need to try more stuff other than ubiquitous tuna. Fortunately in these parts that's an easy order, and I already try to minimize my tuna intake. But does this mean no more occasional toro treats?
Next, I wonder if the leagues of paranoid preggos out there (myself formerly among them), will take Steven A. Shaw's lesson to heart:
You can be sure that, were there documented complications resulting from pregnant women eating sushi in Japan, there would be swift government intervention. Yet, in the United States, it is taboo for a pregnant woman to eat raw fish....But this isn’t because scientific research has concluded that unborn children have been damaged by sushi...There are several reasons, however, that these fears are unfounded.
OK, good points all, especially "pregnancy should be a time of joy, not stress." But I doubt the author's point about how the ban insults Japanese culture will carry much influence. Millions of culturally insensitive food faux pas happen every second. If that were a serious issue, bye bye California roll, as well as a good chunk of Nobu's menu.