If you have ever wondered why Congress cannot seem to get its act together, try Roquefort cheese. Apparently, in the waning days of his administration, former President Bush, no doubt still angry at France for its stance on Iraq, imposed a 300% tax on Roquefort cheese. Sacre bleu (OK, Roquefort)! As Representative James Oberstar (Dem-MN) makes clear, this is no trivial matter. If President Obama wants to improve U.S.-French relations, this is an easy way to begin. You want affordable Roquefort? Tell your Congressional representatives to reverse this tax!
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This is a conversation about 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes (Rizzoli Books, 2013), with Clark Wolf, Marvin Taylor (curator NYU Fales Library), Rose Levy Beranbaum (author, The Cake Bible), and Madhur Jaffrey (actor and author). 7:30 p.m. 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Price $15, RSVP: here