Sexy Mother Foodies describe specific ethnic foods as being “honest.”
Mexican taquerias. Italian trattoria. Greek tavernas. French bistros. Japanese izakaya. These are among the greatest purveyors of food so familiar that when it is really good, it is “honest.”
In order for a dish to be honest, everyone needs to know about it (whether or not they watch the Cooking Channel). For the purposes of science, the Sexy Mother Foodie has a specific standard: food can only be “honest” if there are at least 10 recipes for it on Epicurious. If not, forget it. At best, it can be “authentic.”
“Wow. I haven’t had moussaka this authentic since backpacking through Crete in ‘98.” (Moussaka appears 6 times on epicurious)
However, changing the dish to hummus (36) sounds more like this:
“This hummus is just so creamy. Fresh. Really brings me back. Such an honest dish.”
Other foods that can be considered honest include: cassoulet (14), paella (33), lasagna (78), gyoza (13), kebabs (78), sesame noodles (98).