October 4, 2022


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‘Bon con tomato’ sparks a minor diplomatic incident in Catalonia, New York Times review

This iconic recipe of Catalan cuisine was the subject of a video in the prestigious New York Times. The Catalans have not yet recovered.

Toasted bread rubbed with garlic, very juicy tomatoes crushed on top, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt to finish… The recipe for ‘ba amp tomaquet’ (as we say in Catalan) is relatively simple and straightforward. Without much drama.

What happened to spark the start of a diplomatic incident with a New York Times video of a recipe for a famous Catalan preparation?

For two days, Spanish and Catalan social networks have been abuzz with this video, which completely reimagines a recipe that most disapprove of. Newspapers followed in the footsteps of internet users and mocked the New York recipe for ‘ba amp tomacquet’, the name of which was Spanishized to pass.

“Don’t mess with gastronomy”, warns even El Periodico, “gasps when they grate the tomatoes before spreading them on the bread (yes yes!!) and then add sliced ​​and halved cherry tomatoes” .

With responses to the video, which has been described as a crime against Catalan society, anger ran high on social networks, even if most took the matter in stride.

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