Q: California is blessed with an incredible array of fresh fruits and vegetables. What about those who are not so fortunate?
A: "I am very conscious of menu development and realize that not everyone has access to the same foods that we do here. "The Sonoma Cookbook" has plenty of recipes that use frozen or canned foods, so that if you're in say Kansas City, it still isn't a problem to eat well and healthfully.
I'm not disagreeing with the point that California has an incomparable volume of produce. I'm disappointed by the offhanded manner in which Guttersen seemingly plucked "Kansas City" out of her mind as the first example of the natural opposite.
It's time to get proactive and move another city into the representative example of an awful eating city. Seattle Weekly's Voracious might nominate Tampa, Florida, where "in the late '90s ... cuisine went to die." Living Social users earlier this year gave Detroit, Michigan, the lowest ratings for eating out, in a survey of 20 U.S. cities. News One named New Orleans as the top U.S. Urban Food Desert in the country, in September.
I'll gladly entertain any number of nominees — we could even rotate cities in the same fashion as the Super Bowl. 2011 might have been Kansas City's year, but it would be nice to pass on the mantle for 2012. Unlike you, America, I'm not ready to place all the nation's suck in one place.