Somewhere, can’t remember where, I read about a Scandinavian chef’s experiences of cooking for a London audience, where he opined that non-Scandinavians generally like reindeer as long as they don’t know what they eat and you sell it to them as venison. I’ve no idea why that would be the case – I’ve been served excellent reindeer in Canada, for example. Would people get sentimental or squeamish (Santa’s animals!), or doubtful about the health of imported meat, or is it just the quirky way that animals change names between the farmyard and the kitchen?
So I thought I’d put it to the test on the Straight Dope, having nothing better to do than to stay at home and nurse a fever at the moment. Reindeer, yes or no? If not, why?