A short while ago I was a guest at a food symposium in New York City. The other speakers were names you would know from the Food Network or authors of important cookbooks.
Fielding questions from the audience, it seemed that most people wanted to know where we experts loved to eat. The chefs and writers answers were exotic: “Iceland” “Chile” “Tanzania” followed by mouth-watering descriptions of exceptional meals. When it came my turn I said, “Dayton, Ohio” and there was total silence. “I mean the small towns south of Dayton” I amended, expecting a whoosh of applause. Again, crickets.