Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie

Contraband Cuisine


Episode 18

Countries around the globe have differing standards of food safety. Most government health organizations quickly ban foods that pose potential health risks. But there is an entirely separate category of cuisine that falls into the “gray zone”—it’s not necessarily dangerous, but it is banned for a variety of other reasons. Often, with this controversial fare, what is legal in one country is considered contraband in another. Join us as we learn about the reemergence of mind-altering Absinthe in France; gourmet uses of the coca leaf; Ireland’s potent Poitin liquor; and an illegal foie gras update to the Chicago-style hot dog.