I love garlic, and I'm a big fan of Anthony Bourdain, but when I read that he called my beloved garlic press an abomination, my heart shattered into a million pieces. In his book Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain calls the misuse of garlic a crime. "Old garlic, burnt garlic, garlic cut too long ago, and garlic that has been tragically smashed through one of those abominations, the garlic press, are all disgusting," he says.
After reading this, first I felt embarrassment. Don't breathe a word to any of your foodie friends about this; it's your dirty little secret, I thought to myself. Then I felt shame. How could you ever have considered using such a dishonorable tool? But after my remorse for using this harmless gadget settled with me, I started to feel another wave of emotion: anger.