Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Celebrating American Food Culture

I often hear, usually from Europeans, that America has no food culture, at least not in the way that Italy, France, Germany, etc. do. It's an argument I heartily disagree with! Our food culture is not the same as European countries true. We have a much larger county with diverse regional climates and therefore diverse available foods - on top of that we have much much much more diverse population than the largely homogenous European countries. But to say we have no food culture, just because it doesn't look like France or Italy's is ridiculous. From barbecue and soul food to Cajun, Texmex to New England clam bakes our food culture represents a fusion of cultures and regional ingredients that rivals any European food culture.

Here are just some examples of traditional and very (if not uniquely) American foods . . .

  • Cornbread, creamed corn, spoon bread, popcorn and grilled corn on the cob
  • Whole hog barbecue
  • Fried chicken
  • Crawfish jambalaya
  • Fried bologna
  • Potato salad
  • Baby back ribs
  • Barbecue brisket
  • Strawberry and rhubarb pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • San Francisco sourdough
  • Pancakes with real maple syrup
  • Chili
  • Key lime pie
  • Thanksgiving dinner
And that list doesn't even include the many ethnic cuisines that have been embraced by Americans of all stripes and often altered with local ingredients - like California roll sushi, TexMex fajitas, Scandanavian smorgasbord with German bratwurst, or even the recent Cronut craze.

A major focus of this blog since the beginning has been celebrating home cooked real and traditional foods. My perspective on what is healthiest for me has changed over time, but real food is still at it's core. Even better when it's real food, cooked with love and made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. To that end I'm embarking on a new recipe series, like the earlier "Eating What My Ancestor's Ate", this time with a focus on celebrating American Food Culture - because we do have one - and it is worth preserving and enjoying!

1 comment:

  1. I agree!!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop :)