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What is American cuisine?

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What is American cuisine?

Harters | Mar 21, 2014 02:19 AM

I’m prompted to post this thread because of an opinion expressed on another thread about my own national cuisine here in the United Kingdom. I inferred that the view being expressed was that immigrant minority ethnic cuisines remain separate from the mainstream cuisine. It isn’t a view I’d generally agree with, feeling that the cuisine of some immigrant communities becomes so embedded in the mainstream that it becomes part of “British cuisine”, as the community itself becomes an integral part of society. Not least when, as usually happens, dishes are adapted or created for the Anglo community.

Realising that cultures differ between countries, I wondered if Americans thought that, say, the cuisine of Italian immigrants was now American or if it remained outside the mainstream. Are there cuisines that are now so embedded in American culture that they have become American or are they, as the original remark, always outside the mainstream? Having travelled to the States regularly since 1980, it doesnt seem to be a question a visitor can answer for themselves.

I suppose the real question I’m asking is, for a nation of immigrants, how do Americans define modern American cuisine?

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