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Old 04-14-05, 07:14 PM   #1
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what is American cuisine?

My history teacher had a discussion about this today, and he said to ask others this question. So here it is, what do you think is strictly american food?
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This is what I think of when I hear American food.
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Oh, and brownies. I nearly had a heart attack when someone in Australia asked me what brownies were when I commented on how much I missed them. I went to nearly every store in Perth, but no brownies. So I made them from scratch.

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lard + anything + deep fryer = american food.
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Meat, Potatoes and Gravy and corn
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Mashed potatos, fried okra, cornbread, fried chicken, banana pudding (yall in the south back me up on this- they don't understand.)


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lol you know when i think of it. I like this country so i dont meant o upset and patriots but.........we could really use a better more defined cuisine
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Isn't "American cuisine" kind of an oxymoron?
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Bar-B-Que. NOT stuff you put on a grill. Real, slow cooked pulled pork and ribs with the regioanlly correct sauce. NOT some hamurgers and steaks yo seared over a flame for 3 minutes. BBQ takes all day to cook properly. NOT grilling.
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Bar-B-Que. NOT stuff you put on a grill. Real, slow cooked pulled pork and ribs with the regioanlly correct sauce. NOT some hamurgers and steaks yo seared over a flame for 3 minutes. BBQ takes all day to cook properly. NOT grilling.

mmm, real BBQ is sooo good.

But it takes so long to cook it. I want instant gratification!
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Isn't "American cuisine" kind of an oxymoron?
I've been all around the world and I like much of what I've tried, and I think we have the best food in the world in America. Think Maine Lobster!

I'm not a food purist -- I like creating fusions of multi-cultural foods and inventing something that's uniquely American. Most "American" foods are probably fusions of imports from other areas, much like our ethnicity. Think of things like southwest posole, crawfish etoufee, chicken-fried steak, gumbo, and so on. Genuine German schnitzel and spaetzle is fantastic (but it can also be really bad). Down-home Japanese cooking like my grandma made can also be out-of-this-world oishi desu-ne!

For those who think American fast food is the worst this world has to offer -- you haven't encountered Canadian poutine or English boiled meat.

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all your replies are really great, catsup is from India, fries or pommes frites with aioli are from Belgium, so what is American cuisine? pie is really good , I believe that really is an American invention. mostly though we took food from our home land and reinvented it for our new culture. we have alot more meat in the USA then what was
traditionally available in other cultures (although that's probably all changed with
globalization ) so American food is any culture with a larger emphasis on meat
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HOTPOCKETS! Err...I mean Hamburgers.
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Bar-B-Que. NOT stuff you put on a grill. Real, slow cooked pulled pork and ribs with the regioanlly correct sauce. NOT some hamurgers and steaks yo seared over a flame for 3 minutes. BBQ takes all day to cook properly. NOT grilling.
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"Franchised" junk food in general.
Krispy Kreme, Slurpee, Subway subs

"two all beef patties, specialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun "
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CRACK! Whats more american than a big bowl of crack? Who else in the world would go for such a thing?

I say if its commonly served in the USA it is american food. This includes all the common "ethnic" foods like Mexican(yeaaa!).
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Buffalo wing, hot wings, or just wings, whichever description you prefer.


And as far as the argument that American Cuisine doesn't sound or seem as refined as other cuisines you are right and wrong. The truth is that we eat what we eat. Maybe it is not the best stuff in the world for our bodies but don't sugar-coat a turd. Just tell it like it is. I like hot wings, I like pulled pork, I like hot dogs, and all of that other stuff that is likely very bad for me. I've tried Rabbit in strawberry sauce, bagels and lox, and all sorts of things like that. I'm comfortable with the fact that I like things that taste good and are bad. I think most americans are, but have a hard time admitting it.
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