No More Dinner Party Faux Pas

Faux Gras

Foie gras is, arguably, the most controversial foodstuff you can put into your mouth. In some states in the US it’s been banned, while conversely Michelin-starred chefs serve it in its many forms all across their menus. High-end supermarket chain Waitrose has come up with the perfect solution for foodies who take the ethical treatment of the animals they eat very seriously: thanks to the launch of Faux Gras. Excellent name (soon to be trademarked by Waitrose), wonderful product. Foie gras proper is produced, as you no doubt know, through the force-feeding of geese and ducks – and with some 63% of the British population believing that foie gras should be banned, faux gras’ launch is timely. This new product is made from the livers of birds that have been allowed to roam freely in British farms and even swim in ponds if the mood takes them – all the richness of the controversial pate, without the cruelty. The livers are blended with goose or duck fat to produce a decadently creamy texture, definitely reminiscent of its more brutal French cousin. And with prices starting at just £4.99, it’s a damn sight cheaper too. What’s good for the goose…


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