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No Love for Island Cuisine?


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No Love for Island Cuisine?

Perilagu Khan | | Feb 6, 2012 07:31 AM

It occurred to me that the cuisine of no island nation is truly popular globally.

Japanese sushi is admired, but Japanese cuisine in general...not so much.

Greek and Caribbean food has its followers, but they are relatively exiguous.

Sicilian food is adored, but is not usually separated from Italian.

British and Irish food--perhaps wrongly--is often a punchline.

Aussie cuisine is known for shrimp on the barbie, while New Zealand cuisine is known for less than that.

Philippino, Indonesian, Polynesian, Sri Lankan, Cypriot, Maltese? All quite obscure. Particularly in comparison to the almost universally admired Chinese, Indian, French, Italian and Mexican.

It just strikes me as odd that no island cuisine has attained truly classic status. Perhaps it's coincidence, perhaps its due to resource scarcity, or perhaps relative insularity has something to do with it. At any rate, just thought I'd mention this.

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