Call it a storm in the casserole.
Vice President Kamala Harris is making headlines with what some say are expensive cookware during a recent trip to Paris. In particular, Harris shopped at E. Dehillerin, a legendary gourmet store near Les Halles with a history dating back to 1820.
“I just want to buy a pot,” she told reporters during a November 13 visit, part of which was displayed on C-SPAN. In response to a question, Harris added that she’s been shopping with her mind set on cooking for Thanksgiving.
A report posted Tuesday on the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website, indicated that Harris’ purchases were worth 516 euros, or about $580, and included a copper plate and a copper pan.
The visit leads to suggestions that Harris is out of touch with everyday American struggles, as the Free Beacon connects its dots: “The vice president’s shopping comfort comes when the American states come have to endure The worst inflation in three decades, which puts a strain on both consumers and small businesses”.
“‘I just want to buy a pot.’”
The publication cites an unnamed source identified as an American who also visited Paris and the store, lamenting that the day before stopping shopping, the vice president stated “that her focus American workers.”
There was also some confusion about Harris’ visit, with some on social media erroneously concluding that the vice president had bought cooking utensils made by Le Creuset, a French brand, is also expensive. It is known especially for its enamelled cast iron pots and pans, which are widely sold throughout Europe, in the US and elsewhere abroad, and do not make copper cookware, a company representative confirmed. received with MarketWatch.
“‘Buy the most expensive pot you can because it really makes a difference.’”
In both cases, professional and amateur chefs rushed to Harris’s defense, saying that, when it comes to cookware, high-end must be purchased. They say better tools mean better results in the kitchen. Plus, cookware will likely last longer than more budget-friendly alternatives and can therefore save money in the long run.
“Buy the most expensive pot you can because it really makes all the difference,” says John DeLucie, a veteran New York City chef who is behind Ainslie, a restaurant in Brooklyn.
Aly Walansky, a Brooklyn-based food journalist, has voiced her support for Le Creuset in particular. She said of Le Creuset pans, sauce pans and Dutch ovens: “I have had these items for several years now, and they have been abused.
Alex Tubero, head chef at Amali, another New York City restaurant, says Harris’ choice of copper cookware also speaks volumes about certain culinary insights. He notes that, while bronze items require a degree of care and maintenance, they conduct heat very well, which leads to successful results.
Tubero added that chefs often look to France for kitchenware because of the country’s rich culinary traditions – “There’s definitely nostalgia,” he said – but he noted that American brands often yields equally high-quality results.
A representative for E. Dehillerin could not be immediately reached for comment. Le Creuset spokesperson Nate Collier emphasized the brand’s durability and also pointed out that its products come with a lifetime warranty.
Harris is known for being an avid chef and has been made a video, with actress Mindy Kaling, showing off her Indian cooking skills.
Many on social media voiced support for the purchase of Harris cookware, saying it showed just how practical it was because of France’s reputation for quality, regardless of price. Even those who don’t seem to agree with the vice president’s politics won’t necessarily falter before her shopping trip. As an observer noted, “There are many other reasons to dislike Harris. This is not one. “
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/is-french-copper-cookware-worth-the-big-bucks-chefs-defend-vice-president-kamala-harriss-purchase-11637783481?rss=1&siteid=rss Chefs defend Vice President Kamala Harris’ purchase of expensive cookware in France