AR-News: (IT) Pasta lovers take a stand in Rome (where else?)
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Mon Feb 16 08:00:22 EST 2004
[from New York Times News Service]
There comes a time when a besmirched, besieged food must step up to the
plate and defend its honor, or at least its carbohydrate count. In Italy,
the land that has loved and cooked it best, pasta will make its stand.
For three days this week, physicians, chefs, pasta manufacturers and other
pasta partisans will gather in Rome for a full-boiled response to the
advances of the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet, which threaten to put
rigatoni on the run.
''We're not dancing anymore,'' said K. Dun Gifford, the president of
Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust, the Boston nutrition research and
advocacy group that is organizing the conference. 'This is `Pasta Fights
Back.' It needs to.''
Gifford was using the nickname that he and other participants have given
the event. Officially titled Healthy Pasta Meals, it is more than a summit
of experts and entrepreneurs who are invested, gastronomically or
financially, in the fate of fusilli. It is a telltale moment in the
carbohydrate wars, a clear sign of just how tough it is these days to be a
What with the Atkins and South Beach diets, Sugar Busters and Protein
Power, the carbohydrate is viewed by many Americans as a positively
menacing macronutrient, the evil root of all love handles.
''It's good to try to find some sanity in all of this,'' said chef Michael
Romano, who described pasta as a safe harbor in a confused culinary
universe with ``layers of mad cow disease and crazy chicken disease.''
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