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Lugaru 01-17-2005 03:11 PM

"American" food.
 
I was wondering what you consider true or representative American food. Like if you opened a restaurant in another country, what would you serve? What do you think has enriched the world?

My thoughts is that while the history of America is not that old (we know little about the native culture and cooking due to the way the colonization was executed) but the multiple colonization efforts did create a unique culture.

Out of this I consider some of the most notable:

Cajun cooking: the result of a mixture of French colonization with the sense of spice imparted by their Caribbean slaves, this cuisine is one of my favorites. Also things like jambalaya are gaining the level of international fame that dishes such as paella have.

Whiskey. Oh... yeah. Mmm...

Appalachian cuisine: I consider it to be the next trend... farm grown soul food with rich ingredients rooted in welsh and English settlers (rich gravies and great pies) who spent nearly a century in seclusion. While many "traditions" have been interrupted in the united states (for example the prohibition ruining American beer traditions) people from these states have centuries worth of doing what they do very well.

Tex-Mex: originators of many staples of both Mexican and American cuisine where Mexican immigrants and American innovators who seem to tap into the ghost of the once Mexican Texas. Things such as nachos, the "taco" and chimichangas (fried burritos and tacos) originate from Texas. Also Texas has a unique grilling tradition which makes Texan iconism common in steak houses all over the world.

jkath 01-17-2005 03:30 PM

Other American foods:

one of my faves, Tri Tip Sandwiches
Hamburgers, fries & shakes!
Pizza (the Italians laugh at our American rendition)
Jello Salads (a la 1950's)

GB 01-17-2005 03:41 PM

BBQ
Meatloaf
Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
Southern cooking, things like collard greens and grits and stuff like that.

Lugaru 01-17-2005 04:41 PM

Great stuff. Now that we are getting into more "urban" territory let me add the sub. The steak and cheese... the meatball... man...

Also good point about pizza. While personally I prefer a good rustic pizza I would be lying if that huge, thin crusted "new york style" pizza that is completely smothered in peperoni has not changed the worlds perception of how things are done.

Bangbang 01-17-2005 04:42 PM

Fried Chicken
Corn Bread
Hamburgers
Hot Dogs
Collard Greens
Gumbo
Clam Chowder
Lobsters
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Pizza
Okra
Fried Tomatoes
Squash
Crabs
Shrimp
Bacon
Peanut Butter
Jam
Crawdads

crewsk 01-17-2005 04:45 PM

I'm right there with ya Bang! Add to that list fried okra, fried squash, chicken & dumplin's, biscuits & gravy, fried green tomatoes, & banana pudding! I wish my grandma was still able to cook! I'd be knocking down her door to get some of this food!

norgeskog 01-17-2005 05:01 PM

If you want authentic American food, need to go to the Native Americans who were here first. THe other foods in this country are merely adaptations of the European or country of origin of those who immigrated here and settled, then took their culinary habits and used native food items to enhance them.

Lugaru 01-17-2005 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by norgeskog
If you want authentic American food, need to go to the Native Americans who were here first. THe other foods in this country are merely adaptations of the European or country of origin of those who immigrated here and settled, then took their culinary habits and used native food items to enhance them.

That's one of the subjects I have always been very curius about yet know nothing of. The girl I dated for the longest time has exactly half Cherokee but grew up eating canned and boxed food so knew nothing of native cooking. And it's something I've never seen a special, book or article about.

Do you know of any good resources for native and naitive inspired cooking?

pdswife 01-17-2005 05:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bangbang
Fried Chicken
Corn Bread
Hamburgers
Hot Dogs
Collard Greens
Gumbo
Clam Chowder
Lobsters
Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Pizza
Okra
Fried Tomatoes
Squash
Crabs
Shrimp
Bacon
Peanut Butter
Jam
Crawdads


Great list! When we were in Greece this summer we met a wonderful Italian couple. Kristina asked me "what is American food"... I said pizza and hamburgers. Wish I had had time to think of a list like this.

MJ 01-17-2005 05:09 PM

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