Tigers and Strawberries and the U.S. of A

Tigers and Strawberries nails it….

The answer that she provides is multi-layered, just as the history of the food of India is complex and multi-faceted. She correctly points out that while the very similar menus of Indian restaurants on both sides of the Atlantic seem to point to a single national cuisine of India, there is no such thing. India is a vast country, with very different microclimates and agricultural traditions that vary from region to region. These purely physical environmental differences alone have helped steer India towards having very disparate regional cuisines, but once the different religious and cultural dietary restrictions are added into the equation, the stage is set for it to become impossible for there to be one single over-arching cuisine.

Now, let’s change the name of the country ….

The answer that she provides is multi-layered, just as the history of the food of America is complex and multi-faceted. She correctly points out that while the very similar menus of American restaurants on both sides of the Atlantic seem to point to a single national cuisine of America, there is no such thing. America is a vast country, with very different microclimates and agricultural traditions that vary from region to region. These purely physical environmental differences alone have helped steer America towards having very disparate regional cuisines, but once the different religious and cultural dietary restrictions are added into the equation, the stage is set for it to become impossible for there to be one single over-arching cuisine.

God bless the U.S. of A.

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Posted on February 9, 2006, in cultural, gastronomical. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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