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CHAT: American Cuisine (Was: Re: Homonymy -- Hot Stuff Dept.)

From:Tom Chappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 0:30
Hello, everybody, and thanks for writing.

> Thomas Wier <trwier@...> writes: > [snip] > > (This is actually quite frequent problem for me, since I find the > > food that Northerners eat quite bland compared to that which I was > > raised on along the Gulf Coast.) > [snip]
Well, I grew up in southeast Texas, which lies right at the confluence of the TexMex and Cajun food-cultures, both of which are spicier than the cuisines they stem from (Mexican and French respectively), and also spicier than the stuff Yankees eat :) (Europeans I've met have often remarked that 'America has no cuisine', which is true, but only superficially so. The problem is that America is not a nation in the sense that European countries are; America has a number of regional and local cuisines, but no cuisine that every part of the country shares.) ========================================================================= According to what I've found out about the Pennsylvania Dutch and relishes on Wikipedia and Google, the only contribution to world cuisine by a group of American colonists that was neither brought to America from the Old World nor developed by the "Native Peoples", is the tradition of "Seven Sweets and Seven Sours" and all the relishes and savories and so on that so often turn up at traditional family feasts in America. Many of them were first invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch; as was the tradition of having fourteen of them at the table. In my family we always have several, (but never as many as fourteen), whenever there are several grandmothers, aunts, grand-aunts, and so on, contributing to the dinner. ----- Thanks for writing. Tom H.C. in MI __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around